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Florida congressman adds name to list of GOP retirements

Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., said Wednesday he will retire when his fourth term ends in January and intends to return to practicing law, joining a growing number of departing GOP lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

"I never viewed this amazing opportunity as a job or a career," said Ross, who served in the state Legislature before winning election in 2010 to a congressional district in central Florida that strongly leans Republican.

Already in Florida, Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Tom Rooney aren't running again, and GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis is in the governor's race.

Ross is on the House Financial Services Committee and House...

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