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Congressman Bill Young to retire

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young's office confirmed Wednesday afternoon the congressman's plans to retire.

He has decided to retire at the end of his term in 2014. He told Tampa Bay Times that his health and his desire to spend more time with his family contributed to his decision not to run for re-election.

Asked why he had decided it was time to retire, Young said, "I don't know that I would pick out one thing. It's a lot of things. My family, my job, my rehabilitation from my back," according to the congressman's official webpage.

Young will finish his 53-year career after 22 terms in Congress, having worked with eight US presidents. He is currently serving as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

After retiring he said he planned on getting another job as he hasn't made a lot of money serving in Congress, according to his webpage.

"I thank Bill Young for all of his years of dedicated public service,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). “He was always someone who approached solutions in a bipartisan way. He will be missed."

"He was my role model," said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, former chief of staff under Young. "It's hard to imagine what this [Congressional] District will be like without him."

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