04/13/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lincoln Diaz-Balart To Retire: Florida GOP Rep Will End Congressional Career

Florida Republican Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart will call it quits today, retiring after nine terms representing a heavily Cuban-American district in the Miami area, according to a source briefed on the decision.

Diaz-Balart, whose younger brother, Mario, also holds a congressional seat in Florida, is the 18th Republican to retire this cycle and the second in two days. On Wednesday, Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers (R) announced he would not be running again. (Democrats suffered a retirement on Wednesday as well with California Rep. Diane Watson stepping aside.)

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