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North Bay Congresswoman Woolsey Announces Retirement

PETALUMA (CBS SF) — Ten-term Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey announced Monday afternoon she is retiring at the end of her current term.

Woolsey, a Democrat whose 6th District includes Marin County and most of Sonoma County, made the announcement Monday afternoon at her Petaluma home. Rumors of her intention to retire first surfaced in December.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Woolsey, 73, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and has been re-elected to every term since. She is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Just before her current term ends in 2012, Woolsey will turn 75, and she said that “after two decades of service in this district, it will be time for me to move on.”

Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams and author Norman Solomon have indicated they intend to run for Woolsey’s seat.

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