House Democrat in Trump-Friendly District Retires

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., announced Friday that he will not run for re-election in November, and will retire.

“The fact is, I have spent 16 productive and exciting years in elective office, and far longer working behind the scenes in business, labor, community service, and the public policy arena,” Nolan said in a statement. “Good politics is about making a positive difference in people’s lives, and together with all of you and a brilliant dedicated staff, we’ve made a real difference for the 8th District of Minnesota and our great Nation.”

“Having said that, there is a time and a purpose for everything and now is the time for me to pass the baton to the next generation,” he added.

Nolan is in one of the few true toss-up districts that are currently held by Democrats. In 2016, Nolan won by less than one percentage point while President Trump carried his district by nearly 16 points. He is one of two Minnesota lawmakers vacating their seat ahead of 2018 — the other, Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., is running for governor in the fall.

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