Rep. Ehlers to retire
Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) announced he's retiring at the end of his current term during a press conference in Grand Rapids Wednesday morning.

"While I regret leaving when so much more needs to be done, I know it is time for me to step down," he said. "I am in good health, but I recognize that I should complete this chapter of my life. I look forward to spending more time with my wife and my family in Grand Rapids."

The 76-year-old was thought to be close to retirement last cycle, but he opted to seek a ninth term in Congress. Now, Johanna Meulink, Ehlers' wife, is said to have health problems, which may have influenced his decision to throw in the towel, according to a GOP source.

Ehlers is the second Republican from Michigan to quit the delegation this cycle -- Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) is leaving his seat to run for governor.
Posted by: Fred 2010-02-11