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Steve Israel Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2016

Israel said Tuesday he would not seek re-election in 2016. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Steve Israel, a New York Democrat who rose as a leader within his party, said late Tuesday he will not seek a ninth term in Congress.

“I considered this decision deeply, but ultimately, I want to be a team player and ensure that my district, which is the only competitive district in House Democratic Leadership, remains in the hands of Democrats when I leave," he said in a statement.