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10:59 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Veteran U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings To Retire; Who'll Be Tapped?

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., speaks during a joint hearing with the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
Susan Walsh AP Photo

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings will retire at the end of the year, he announced Thursday.

Political watchers are already speculating on who might run to replace the long-time representative. The district is considered strongly Republican, so a Democratic upset is unlikely.

Hastings served two decades as south-central Washington’s Republican congressman. 

“I turned 73 last Friday, and one more term, I would have been nearly 76, so I just thought this was the right time,” he said.

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