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Retirement Sets Up Battle for House Armed Services Post

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) will retire on Wednesday, two sources tell The Hill.

“The powerful lawmaker’s retirement is likely to spark a battle for his chairmanship — and likely lead to a competitive race for his House seat… His departure will mark yet another change at the top of the four defense committees in Congress, which all will have chairmen with two years experience or less in 2015.”

“Both McKeon and Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are retiring at the end of this term. The Appropriations Defense subcommittee chairs, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Fla.), took over the panels after the deaths of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.).”

“There will likely be a battle for McKeon’s chairmanship.”

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