One factor contributing to Rep. Jim Gerlach's (R-PA) decision to retire from the House of Representatives? Money, according to the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party.
"It's a tough job," Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason said in an interview with The Philadelphia Daily News. "You don't make a lot of money."
Members of the House make $174,000 per year, according to the Congressional Research Service. To put that in perspective, the 2012 census report found that the median household income in the United States is, adjusted for inflation, $51,017.
Gerlach announced his plans to retire on Monday. In a statement he said that it is "simply time for me to move on to new challenges and to spend more time with my wife and family."