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Tom Latham

Three veteran congressmen announce plans to retire

Three veteran congressmen announce plans to retire

WASHINGTON – Three senior House members announced Tuesday that they would not seek reelection in 2014, offering both parties prime pickup opportunities in the midterm election.

The clearest opportunity for a party switch comes in Utah, where Democrat Jim Matheson said he would step down rather than make what would probably be another bruising run in the ruby-red state.

Matheson won a seventh term in 2012 by just 768 votes against Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs and a rising Republican star who plans to run again in 2014. Mitt Romney carried the district by 37 percentage points, the most lopsided result of any district currently represented by a Democrat. He becomes...