Congressman Rick Nolan announced Friday he will retire at the end of his current term.
Nolan represents Minnesota's 8th District. In a statement released by the Congressman, Nolan said he wishes to spend more time with his family upon retiring.
"To be sure, I'm really going to miss representing the 8th District, but it is time for me to spend more time with my wonderful wife, Mary, our four fantastic adult children and their terrific spouses, and our 13 remarkable grandchildren," Nolan said.
Nolan also referenced his time in politics.
"The fact is, I have spent 16 productive and exciting years in elective office, and far longer working behind the scenes in business, labor, community service, and the public policy arena," Nolan said.
The Congressman continued, "there is a time and a purpose for everything and now is the time for me to pass the baton to the next generation."
Nolan was elected as a state representative for District 53-A in 1968, and served two terms.
He was eventually elected to Minnesota's 6th district seat in the U.S. House in 1974, and served until 1980 before taking a break from office.
Then, in 2011, he announced his run for Minnesota's 8th District in the U.S. House, defeating freshman Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack for the seat.
Nolan defeated Republican nominee Stewart Mills in 2014, and 2016 to retain his seat, until announcing his retirement following his current term.
Reaction to Nolan's announcement was swift Friday morning.
DFL challenger Leah Phifer sent out the following statement:
“Congressman Nolan has been a champion for single payer healthcare and campaign finance reform, amongst many other progressive issues, for a very long time.” stated Leah Phifer, candidate for the seat. Phifer looks forward to carrying on that legacy as the next representative for the district. While his retirement changes the election, Phifer reiterates that she will continue the same strategy she’s been working at since June. “I’ve been listening to the voices of our people and look forward to meeting with individual delegates one-to-one to continue those conversations.”
Minnesota DFL Party Chair Ken Martin:
“Congressman Nolan has been an exemplary representative for the residents of Minnesota’s Eight Congressional District and all the people of Minnesota. Rick is a tireless and committed public servant who will continue to be a fierce fighter on behalf of his constituents for the remainder of his term.
“We send our best wishes to Rick, Mary and the rest of the Nolan family. Rick’s legacy, much like the people of Minnesota’s Eighth, is one of courage, independence and integrity and it will not be forgotten.”
Thanks Rick for your incredible work for Northern Minnesota, your service to our country and your devotion to your family. You deserve to put family first after all you have done. Rick Nolan announces that he won't seek re-election https://t.co/SPr3P5wPAO— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) February 9, 2018
More on Nolan(despite 5am vote he’s still talking to everyone on plane): When Rick speaks he’s always honest. When he takes on a fight he never backs down. W/a twinkle in his eye & a big heart, he’s been a joy to work w/...&by the way, he’s such a rabble rouser, he’s not done yet— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) February 9, 2018
According to Opensecrets.org, Rick Nolan had already raised $705,598 for his reelection and had over $300K in cash-on-hand as of most recent filings.
The 8th District Congressional race was the most expensive house race in 2016.