Last week, Frank Wolf (R) announced he will not run to keep his seat in Congress. Wolf served 17 terms and represented Northern Virginia in the House.
Wolf’s retirement comes as a shock. Many political leaders believed Wolf would run for an eighteenth term in the House. However, the 74-year-old representative has decided to continue his work on human rights and religious freedom issues.
In a statement, Wolf said, “As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves…I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom – both domestic and international – as well as matters of the culture and the American family.”
While in the House, Wolf served on the Appropriates Committee, funnelling federal monies to the booming Northern Virginia suburbs. He also was a key force behind the formation of the Iraq Study Group and has pushed for a similar inquiry into the actions in Benghazi, Libya.
Wolf’s announcement comes just one week after Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D) announce he will challenge Wolf for the Northern Virginia seat. Many Republicans are also expected to enter the race for the Republican nomination.