Whether from new lobbying laws, for health reasons, or because of the leadership change in the 110th Congress, there has been substantial movement among lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) is the most recent to announce his resignation from the Senate, and he is just one of six Republican senators retiring at the end of the 110th Congress, with rumors that more may be on the way out. In addition to Senator Lott, other Senators retiring include Senators Wayne Allard (R-CO), Larry E. Craig (R-ID), Pete V. Domenici (R-NM), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and John W. Warner (R-VA).
Twenty-four members of the House of Representatives plan to leave their positions. Several will run for another office, including Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), who are running for President, and Reps. Tom Allen (D-ME), Steve Pearce (R-NM), Mark Udall (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Heather Wilson (R-NM), all of whom are running for the Senate. Other Representatives either resigning before their term ends or retiring include Julia Carson (D-IN), Barbara Cubin (R-WY), Terry Everett (R-AL), Mike Ferguson (R-NJ), J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), David Hobson (R-OH), Ray LaHood (R-IL), Jim McCrery (R-LA), Mike McNulty (D-NY), Marty Meehan (D-MA), Chip Pickering (R-MS), Deborah Pryce (R-OH), Jim Ramstad (R-MN), Ralph Regula (R-OH), Rick Renzi (R-AZ), Jim Saxton, (R-NJ), and Jerry Weller (R-IL).
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