WASHINGTON, December 17, 2013 — Rep. Frank Wolf says he will not seek an 18th term in Congress next year.
The Republican who represents northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley announced his decision on Tuesday.
Wolf says he plans to focus his future work on human rights and religious freedom, both domestically and internationally. He says he will also focus on matters of culture and American family.
His statement is as follows:
“I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years.
“As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom – both domestic and international – as well as matters of the culture and the American family. My passion for these issues has been influenced by the examples of President Ronald Reagan, former Congressmen Jack Kemp and Tony Hall, Chuck Colson, and the life of 18th century Member of Parliament William Wilberforce.
“I want to thank the many excellent former and current members of my staff who have helped me serve the people of the 10th District. I am also grateful to my wife, Carolyn, and my family, who have faithfully stood by me all these many years.”
The democrat who will be running for Wolf’s open seat will be Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust for the race but the Republican who will be running against him has yet to be decided.
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