Oregon GOP Rep. Bob Smith Announces RetirementBy Carin Dessauer/CNN
WASHINGTON (Dec. 18) -- Oregon Republican Rep. Bob Smith announced his retirement today.
Smith was first elected to the House in 1982, retired prior to the 1994 election, and was lured back into running for the House again in 1996 after House Speaker Newt Gingrich guaranteed that Smith would be awarded the Agriculture Committee chairmanship.
A total of 11 Republicans members, including Smith, and 10 Democratic members have now announced their retirement for the 1998 election cycle.
In addition, there will be four special elections in 1998 for seats that are now open. These include the seats of Rep. Walter Capps (D-Calif.), who died in 1997; Reps. Floyd Flake (D-N.Y.) and Tom Foglietta (D-Pa.), who resigned at the end of the 1997 session; and Rep. Ron Dellums (D-Calif.), who will resign in early February, 1998.
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