Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-CA) decision to retire means the tenure of one of the most influential liberal members in Congress is coming to an end.
In a Mother Jones piece reacting to Waxman's announcement on Thursday Washington Bureau Chief David Corn wrote that Waxman had been "Capitol Hill fixture and progressive crusader for decades, since he was first elected in 1974." Fellow California Democrat Rep. George Miller and Waxman, arguably the two most high profile liberals to announce retirement plans this cycle, are also part of the class of lawmakers elected right after the Watergate scandal. They have served continuously since then.
Waxman's tenure was marked by more than two dozen legislative victories ranging from climate change to health care to modernizing the U.S. Postal Service to passing new telecommunication laws. Waxman was a major player in helping to pass the Affordable Care Act.
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