Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), who served California's East Bay for 40 years, was defeated on Tuesday night by a young fellow Democrat, Eric Swalwell, the Mercury News reports:
Stark, D-Fremont, issued a statement late Wednesday morning saying it's been his honor to serve the East Bay for the past 40 years, and citing accomplishments such as writing the COBRA law to make health insurance portable between jobs, "bringing the first computers to schools, and crafting President Obama's groundbreaking health care law.
"I went to Washington by running against an unpopular war and for women's rights, opportunity for children and dignity for seniors. I leave knowing that the landscape has changed, but the needs of my constituents remain," Stark said. "I congratulate Mr. Swalwell on his victory. I am happy to be of assistance in the future."