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Congressman Vern Ehlers announces retirement

Ehlers will step down at the end of current term

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers announced last week that after serving the people of Michigan’s Third Congressional District for eight full terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he will leave at the end of his current term. He issued the following statement:

“I have had the honor and privilege of serving the people of West Michigan in Congress for the past 16 years, and I am grateful and humbled to have been able to do so. My time in Congress has been incredibly challenging and rewarding, and I appreciate this opportunity greatly.

“While I regret leaving when so much more needs to be done, I know it is time for me to step down. I am in good health, but I recognize that I should complete this chapter of my life. I look forward to spending more time with my wife and my family in Grand Rapids.

“Many serious issues still need diligent attention from Congress, and I intend to participate vigorously in my work for the remainder of this year. I am incredibly grateful to have spent the time I did effecting positive change for our country, and, most of all, serving people of West Michigan, to the very best of my ability.”

U.S. Representative Vernon J. Ehlers of Grand Rapids, Mich., was sworn in on January 6, 2009, to serve his eighth full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected to the 103rd Congress in a special election on December 7, 1993.

Prior to Congress, Ehlers served a total of 11 years in the Michigan Legislature, with just over two years in the House and nine years in the Senate, where he finished his tenure as President Pro-Tem. He also served eight years on the Kent County Board of Commissioners, including three years as chairman.

Ehlers joined Congress following a distinguished tenure of service in teaching, scientific research and public service. The first research physicist to serve in Congress, Ehlers has been recognized for his strong work ethic and proven leadership skills in his duties on Capitol Hill.
He is married to Johanna (Jo) Meulink and is the father of four adult children and the grandfather of four. He and his wife reside in Grand Rapids.

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