INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Rep. Dan Burton announced Tuesday morning his plans to retire after decades as a politician.
Burton, a Republican, has represented the 5th District in Congress since 1982. He served in the Indiana Senate before being elected to Congress.
On Tuesday, he stood on the Indiana House floor and said he was retiring for family reasons.
But in the past two elections, Burton has been the target of fellow Republicans.
More recently, Burton has been spotted in Florida campaigning for presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich.
This is an R+17 district currently (not sure what it is after redistricting).
The writing was on the wall. He bareley survived the Primary last time around.
Dan Burton 30%
Luke Messer 28%
John McGoff 19%
Mike Murphy 9%
Brose McVey 8%
Andy Lyons 4%
Ann Adcock 3%
Burton only carried a majority in one county (55%): Huntington
Dan’s my Congressmen. While he has been in DC for 30 years, he has been very conservative overall. I have not been ashamed of him. He’s a good guy.
His district is safely Republican, even with the recent unpacking of the Democrat gerrymander, so we should search for a young conservative to fill his very large shoes.
Burton is a good guy. He stayed so long because he always voted the way his constituents wanted him to vote.
My son used to play with his kid. Nice people. His first wife died of cancer. She was a pretty lady.