(WUSA9) -- In a press release Tuesday, we learned that Congressman Frank Wolf of the 10th District of Virginia won't seek re-election in 2014.
Rep. Wolfreleased the following statement:
"I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years.
"As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom - both domestic and international - as well as matters of the culture and the American family. My passion for these issues has been influenced by the examples of President Ronald Reagan, former Congressmen Jack Kemp and Tony Hall, Chuck Colson, and the life of 18th century Member of Parliament William Wilberforce.
"I want to thank the many excellent former and current members of my staff who have helped me serve the people of the 10th District. I am also grateful to my wife, Carolyn, and my family, who have faithfully stood by me all these many years."
Wolf was first elected in 1980.
Following the news, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) issued the following statement:
"It has been an honor and privilege to work with Congressman Frank Wolf, both as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and the last five years in Congress.
"Frank has been a leader on Rail to Dulles, a tireless champion of federal workers, a partner in gang prevention, and a passionate advocate for human rights around the world. Congress and Northern Virginia will forever be grateful for his service."
Representative Jim Moran also issued a statement:
"I've had the privilege of serving with Frank for the past 23 years. From transportation issues to protecting federal workers, we have always found common ground around what's best for Northern Virginia."
"Frank has been a tireless advocate for his constituents over his 17 terms in office. I'll miss him, he is a friend and I know will continue to be."