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Wynn to Leave Congress in June

Lame-duck Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.) announced Thursday afternoon that he will leave the House in June to join a Washington, D.C., law firm. Wynn, who was defeated in February in his bid for a ninth term when he lost the Democratic primary to nonprofit executive Donna Edwards, will become a partner in Dickstein Shapiro’s Public Policy & Law Practice and will focus on legal, legislative and regulatory counseling. “Dickstein Shapiro is a natural fit for me as it is nationally recognized not only for its legal work, but also for the priority it places on diversity and the quality of life of its employees,” Wynn said in a statement released by the law firm. In the same announcement, Michael Nannes, Dickstein Shapiro’s chairman, said: “I have known Congressman Wynn since our days in law school together, and I am delighted that he is joining Dickstein Shapiro.” Both Nannes and Wynn attended the Georgetown University Law Center. “The Congressman has led a very distinguished career in public service, and spent 10 years at the helm of his own law firm. His knowledge of the law, the government, and the public policy process is an invaluable asset to our clients and our practice,” Nannes added. In a statement released by his office, Wynn said he is looking forward to pursuing “another phase of my life.” The Marylander said his resignation will allow Edwards more time to transition into office, on the assumption there will be a special election to fill his seat through the end of the year. While officials at the Maryland State Board of Elections could not immediately be reached for comment about the timetable for a special election, Edwards is heavily favored to the win the 4th district seat in November over computer consultant Peter James (R). Wynn’s early departure will also open a seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which is likely to be filled by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.). — Jennifer Yachnin

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