Miller Retirement Opens Republican Seat to Democrats

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Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., in his office on Capitol Hill in this Feb. 16, 2007 file photo.

California Republican Gary Miller won’t seek a ninth term, he said today.

Miller, 65, said he’ll leave the House at the end of the 113th Congress to help raise his three grandchildren.

“While family circumstances dictate that I must leave this great institution at the end of this session of Congress, I am committed to serving out my term,” Miller said in an issued statement.

Miller was facing several Democratic challengers in his Democratic-leaning district. He won the newly created district, which includes San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga, by 10 percentage points in 2012.

The district voted 57 percent for President Barack Obama in 2012, the largest margin among the 17 districts that voted both for Obama and a House Republican.

Miller serves as the vice chairman of the Financial Services Committee and has a seat on Transportation and Infrastructure.

– From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker, and Greg Giroux contributed.

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