Lynn Woolsey Retirement Announcement Expected Next Week: Report
U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey is expected to announce next week that she will not run for reelection in 2012, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Sources tell the California-based outlet that the Democratic congresswoman will announce her plans to retire at her home next Monday.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported last December that Woolsey, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, was undecided on whether or not to seek another term.
"She hasn't made up her mind," a spokesman for the congresswoman said at the time. "But she will make that call by June."
Novato Patch reports:
Woolsey, D-Petaluma, notified the media that she will make an announcement from her Petaluma home on June 27, but the release said nothing about the reason for the gathering.
According to the Chronicle, Woolsey spokesperson Bart Acocella is tight-lipped on what the Democratic lawmaker will say next week. "I can tell you that she will make an announcement on the 27th about her future plans," he said.
Joe Garofoli reports on what the future could hold of the congressional seat currently held by Woolsey:
Even with the state's new redistricting plan likely to create a very-different looking 6th District, there's already a line forming to snag the super-safe Democratic seat-for-life, starting with termed out Assemblyman Jared Huffman and activist and author Norman Solomon, Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams, state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane.
Here's another name to toss in the mix: What about Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom?
Woolsey was first elected to the U.S House of Representatives in 1992.