Henry Waxman

GOP Cheers Waxman's Exit

When Rep. Henry A. Waxman's retirement was announced Thursday at the annual House Republican retreat at a tony resort in Cambridge, Md., the room burst into applause, according to a member in attendance.  

The joy over the long-serving California liberal's retirement is not just because he is a contentious figure among Republicans — although he certainly is. The move is also seen by Republicans as an admission by top Democrats that they have no chance of reclaiming the majority in the House this year.  

Waxman on Retirement: 'It's Time for Someone Else' (Updated) (Video)

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., announced he will not seek re-election this morning. Here is his full statement: