Congressman Bill Owens Will Not Seek Re-election

Bill Owens at his swwearing-in ceremony in 2009. (Photo: Getty/Alex Wong)

Bill Owens at his swearing-in ceremony in 2009. (Photo: Getty/Alex Wong)

Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat representing a competitive North Country district targeted by Republicans this cycle, announced today that he will not seek re-election.

Mr. Owens, who won his seat in a special election just a few years ago, in 2009, revealed his intentions in a statement posted on his government website.

“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election for the 21st Congressional District this November. I have enjoyed the opportunity to travel the district, meeting and serving the families and business owners of this vast community. It has truly been a privilege to serve, and I plan on continuing to work for a brighter future for the region,” Mr. Owens said.

The congressman is the second New York Democrat to announce his or her retirement in recent days. Last week, veteran Long Island Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy said she would also not seek re-election. But Ms. McCarthy’s district is much more Democratic and was carried by Barack Obama by about 14 points in 2012; the president won Mr. Owens’ district by just about 6 points.

View Mr. Owens’ full statement below:

“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election for the 21st Congressional District this November. I have enjoyed the opportunity to travel the district, meeting and serving the families and business owners of this vast community. It has truly been a privilege to serve, and I plan on continuing to work for a brighter future for the region.

My appreciation for the support of my wife, children, grandchildren and close friends cannot be sufficiently expressed in words. There are others — too numerous to list — to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude. The remainder of my term will be spent in much the same way as the previous four years: assisting constituents with their individual concerns, continuing to focus on passing a Farm Bill, helping to create jobs in our communities, working for our troops and veterans, keeping the northern border secure and fluid and being a voice in Congress for bipartisanship, as well as fact-based decision making. You can count on me to work with and for you over the remainder of my term.

It is time for me to undertake new endeavors and spend more time with my family. Even though I will not seek re-election, it is my goal that the next phase of my life will continue to focus on helping to improve the lives of all New Yorkers, primarily through job creation and economic development.

Thank you for letting me serve you since November 2009.”

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