PASCO, WA - U.S. Representative Doc Hastings announced Thursday he will retire from Congress and not run for reelection in November.
Representative Hastings says that after 20 years in Congress it's time to step down and pass the job along to someone new.
Hastings says he is humbled by the opportunity to serve Washington and his constituents in the 4th district.
Hastings began his work in politics in 1974 as the Franklin County Republican Party Chairman.
He then joined the state legislature in 1979 for eight years. Then he took a break to spend time with his family before starting his long career in Congress in 1994.
"People of central Washington gave me the privilege to be their representative in Congress. That is a humbling experience given the size of the district, nearly 700,000 people," said Hastings.
Hastings still has 10 months left in his term and tells me he plans to focus his final efforts on making the B Reactor a national park and working to repeal Obamacare.
Hastings says he will work to support another Republican replaces him.
Friday, Hastings celebrated his 73rd birthday and he says it's time to focus on family.