Chairman on the House on Education Panel and Republican Representative John Kline said he will not seek reelection in Minnesota. His district has become more politically competitive in the recent years. Kline has been a Representative for seven terms since 2002 and he is a former marine.
During his announcement Kline said he will focus on fashioning a replacement to the No Child Left Behind educational law. Kline, who will have his 68th birthday on Sunday, said that it was time for him to move on. “It’s time to let someone else have a shot at it,” adding that he had enjoyed the fight.
Kline also told reporter that it was not mature to speculate about the campaigns for a different office. President Obama also paid his tribute in a statement released on Thursday evening. “During his 25 years in the Marine Corps, and more than a decade in Congress, John Kline has served his country and his constituents with honor and distinction,” said Mr. Obama.
The president also added that Mr. Kline was ready to work with anybody and had the best interest of students at heart. Kline had lost two bids before he got to Washington and so it wasn’t an easy fight. He won a third time beating the Democrat candidate Bill Luther.