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Woolsey to Step Down as Head of Progressive Caucus

Rep. Lynn Woolsey said Wednesday that she will give up her co-chairmanship of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the 112th Congress after three terms.

“I feel that it’s time for other people,” the California Democrat said Wednesday during a phone interview. “I’ve served six years. I’ve loved every second of it … but it’s not my turn. I’ve had three terms.”

For nearly two years, Woolsey co-chaired the 83-member CPC with Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), who has said he wants to stay on as CPC chairman. Before that, Woolsey co-chaired the group with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) for four years.

Woolsey said she was satisfied with her efforts to put the CPC “on the map” and increase the group’s membership, which she estimated had nearly tripled during her watch.

Although she will not seek a leadership role when the CPC reorganizes after the midterm elections, Woolsey said she would remain a “full, active member” of the group.

“You can count on that,” she said.

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