REP. LANE EVANS (D-IL) TO RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS TERM --RANKING DEMOCRATIC MEMBER OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS'AFFAIRS CITES HEALTH REASONS FOR NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION --
Evans, a former Marine, has been a true champion for veterans' rights.He will be missed.
Below is his press release.
CONGRESSMAN LANE EVANS
(17TH DISTRICT - ILLINOIS)
VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, RANKING MEMBER
ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE
2211 Rayburn Office Building-Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-5905
EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE AT:
1:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME, TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2006
STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN LANE EVANS
ON FUTURE PLANS
This is a tough day for me. I am announcing that I will not run for reelection and will retire at the end of my current term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
When I announced in 1998 that I had Parkinson's Disease, my doctor said that this condition would not interfere with my work and that I would be able to perform at a high level for a number of years. That window of opportunity is now closing.
I fully expected that I would continue my work for the foreseeable future following this current break from the office. But I have come to recognize that the time needed to address my health makes it difficult to wage a campaign and carry out my work as representative. I will return soon and to the best of my ability complete the important work of this term in my roles as representative and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
This decision is especially tough because this job means so much to me. I believe strongly in serving people and working to make a positive difference in their lives. Every day has been rewarding and I'm proud of what I've been able to accomplish and the fights I've made.
I thank my family and everyone who has worked with me -- great friends, terrific colleagues, a dedicated staff, fellow vets. And I appreciate the support of people I never met before who would ask how I was doing and tell me to keep up the good fight. I'll be doing that in the weeks and months ahead and look forward to thanking every one of you personally for all you have meant to me.
To my constituents and veterans across this country, it is an honor and privilege to represent you.