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GOP Va. Rep. Rigell Retiring, Giving Dems Chance at Seat

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U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell R-Virginia District 2 (Photo: Rigel.House.Gov) U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell R-Virginia District 2 (Photo: Rigel.House.Gov)

WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC) - Three-term Republican congressman Scott Rigell of Virginia says he is retiring, relinquishing a seat that Democrats could win in this November's elections.

"With my family in full agreement, we are confident that my season of public service is to come to a close when my term expires next January," said Rigel in a statement Thursday.

The 55-year-old Rigell was elected District Two, which covers all of Accomack County, Northampton County, and Virginia Beach, as part of the GOP's tea party class of 2010 that allowed Republicans to recapture control of the House.

"When I make that trip home from Washington for the last time, it will be bittersweet," said Rigell, "We have been on a remarkable six and a half year journey; a year and a half seeking office and five years serving what I'm convinced is truly the best congressional district in America."
    
Rigell has had a largely centrist record in Congress. He was among the 25 GOP lawmakers who voted last January against retaining John Boehner as House speaker.
    
The lawmaker says he is leaving after helping to check Democrats who controlled the White House and Congress in 2010 and curb federal spending.
    
Rigell's district voted narrowly for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
 

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