Twenty-nine Members of Congress have announced their retirements so far with possibly more to come. A number of these retirements are moderate Democratic and Republican members. Two Members who have been involved in agriculture are Congressmen Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and Tom Latham (R-IA). McIntyre is a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and is a member of the House-Senate farm bill conference committee.

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Latham is a senior member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. He served on the House Agriculture Committee his first term in Congress. Other Members who are retiring include Congressmen Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Buck McKeon (R-CA), Mike Michaud (D-ME), George Miller (D-CA), Jim Moran (D-VA), Jon Runyan (R-NJ), and Frank Wolf (R-VA). A number of these seats will now become competitive races in this year’s election. We continue to see more and more centrist Members retiring and often times replaced by a more conservative or liberal members who make governing more difficult.