U.S. Rep. Pete
Visclosky, D-1st, announced this morning that he will not seek re-election
deadline Visclosky released the following statement:
“On Nov. 6, 35
years ago today, I was elected to serve as Indiana’s 1st District U.S.
Representative. Today, I announce that I will not seek re-election in 2020.
“For my entire
career I have worked to build support for our domestic steel industry and
organized labor, secure investments in transformational projects and improve
our quality of place to benefit the only place I have ever called home.
“For the last 35
years our office has vigorously advocated on behalf of thousands of
constituents for assistance on any number of local, state and federal
issues. While we could never guarantee positive results, we could guarantee
our hard work and best efforts.
successes have been achieved, we still suffer from declining
population--including the loss of over 15,000 school children since 2010.
And far too many people lack fulfilling employment, economic opportunity and
the hope for a better future. Much work remains to be done.
‘If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been
churches and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces.’ Progress has not always
“Too often we have
blamed our problems on others whether in Washington or Indianapolis. Too
often a sense of urgency has been blunted by the question, ‘What’s the
hurry?’ And continued systemic racism has rendered a sense of community
almost impossible to achieve.
“For those who wish
to serve our next generation of citizens I would encourage each to apprise
us of your vision for our area and the priorities you will dedicate your
attention to at the national level. Be for something and not against
someone. Strive to overcome the intolerance that grips our nation and
recognize that only through mutual respect, rational discourse, cooperation
and fair play can we build a good and strong community and country.
“In closing, I am
forever indebted to the exceptional public servants who have served and
continue to serve on my staff. Achievements were the result of the
application of their talents and their tireless work.
“I thank the
citizens of the 1st District for their trust and for providing me the
incredible life privilege of serving you in the United States Congress.
“As one historian
noted, Aristotle claimed the purpose of politics is not to make living
together possible, but to make living well possible. I have worked very hard
and to the best of my ability to achieve such a just and tolerant future. I
will continue to do so until the adjournment of the 116th Congress.”