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Exit Interviews: Retiring House Members

6 retiring members of Congress share what they learned and offer advice

Departing members look forward to retirement and look back on a few memories. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Come January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office.

HOH asked several retiring members to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

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Between being able to spend more time with their families, catching up on their favorite hobbies and enjoying their hometowns, each member looked forward to retirement. But, they had a few words of wisdom about how the Capitol could operate better from committee functions to bipartisanship.

Over the next week, read the parting thoughts from these members:

Monday: Texas Republican Randy Neugebauer


Tuesday: Wisconsin Republican Reid Ribble


Wednesday:Virginia Republican Scott Rigell


Thursday:California Democrat Lois Capps


Friday:Florida Republican Ander Crenshaw


Saturday:Georgia Republican Lynn Westmoreland 


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