Republican sources confirmed Thursday that 18-term Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) will announce his retirement imminently, perhaps as soon as Friday. A Regula spokesman would not confirm the retirement announcement.
Regula’s northeast Ohio district is considered a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats in an open-seat scenario. President Bush carried the district with 54 percent of the vote in 2004, but Democrats are high on their candidate, state Sen. John Boccieri.
Republican state Sens. Kirk Schuring and Ron Amstutz have expressed interest in running for Regula’s seat if the Congressman retires. Ashland County Commissioner Matt Miller, who lost to Regula in the 2006 Republican primary, already is running.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.