WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Veteran Democratic Rep. Jim Moran is retiring after 23 years in Congress.

Moran, who represents Northern Virginia, announced Wednesday he would not be seeking a 13th term.

The 68-year Moran, a former mayor of Alexandria, Va., who was first elected in 1990, has been a staunch supporter of federal civilian employees who have a heavy presence in his district.

“After 35 years as a public servant, as Mayor of Alexandria, and for the past 23 as a member of the House of Representatives, it’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge,” Moran said. “It’s been an honor to represent Northern Virginia. I couldn’t be more fortunate to have spent my career working with such wonderful people trying to make this one of the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family.”

Moran is a ranking member on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee as well as a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

Several House Democrats are retiring. Moran’s Northern Virginia district in Washington’s suburbs is heavily Democratic, however, and considered safe for the party.

Republicans are hoping to pad their majority in the House and they want to recapture the Senate from Democrats in November’s mid-term elections.

Democratic Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe tweeted his thanks to Moran, whom he calls a friend and leader, shortly after hearing of the impending retirement.

“His long record of service in Virginia will endure for years to come,” McAuliffe tweeted.

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