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Michigan congressman Paul Mitchell to retire at end of term

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Posted at 11:47 AM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 17:48:30-04

(WXYZ) — Congressman Paul Mitchell, who represents the 10th District of Michigan, will not seek a third term in 2020.

Mitchell announced his retirement in a speech on the House floor on Wednesday.

"It is an honor to stand on this floor, debate issues, and represent the people of Michigan’s 10th Congressional District," Mitchell said. "I am proud to be among the 12,500 or so Americans that have had the privilege of serving in Congress.

He plans to spend more time with his family.

"A career in Washington has never been my objective. My objective has always been simply to work to address significant challenges this nation faces: health care, immigration, and infrastructure for example. However, it appears to me that rhetoric overwhelms policy, and politics consumes much of the oxygen in this city."

Mitchell's district includes Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, Lapeer, St. Clair and Macomb counties.

He lives with his family on a farm in Dryden.

View Mitchell's announcement in the video below: