The list of interested names seems to extend as wide as the district itself, which encompasses much of exurban Virginia outside Washington, D.C. The 10th stretches east from the West Virginia border, with tentacles to the north reaching deep into McLean along the Potomac River and to the south to the Occoquan along I-95.
Wolf came to Congress in 1981, 10 years before the next closest in seniority from the Old Dominion — Democratic Rep. James P. Moran of Arlington — arrived at the Capitol. Their hold on two of the region’s three seats in Congress has clogged for the past two decades what would otherwise be attractive opportunities to scores of politicians in one of the wealthiest areas of the country.
“That is one of the most coveted seats,” said one Virginia GOP consultant of the 10th District, the only GOP-leaning seat in the area.
Two GOP sources said Wolf has carefully guarded the shape and makeup of his district during redistricting over the past few cycles.
Republican consultant Boyd Marcus said Wolf “got exactly the district he wanted ” — one that had to include his Vienna home and the exurban counties to the west. Marcus has known Wolf since the early 1980s, when Marcus served as chief of staff to former Rep. Tom Bliley, who was elected the same year as Wolf.
“All the congressmen have to work at persuading the legislators down here in Richmond to give them what they want,” Marcus said. “He was very involved in that from the beginning, and I see nothing really substantive that indicates he would do anything other than continue to serve as long as he’s in good health.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., carries a musket on stage as he speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., on Thursday March 6, 2014.