Frank Wolf to Retire After 34 Years in Congress

Rep. Frank Wolf / AP

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Longtime Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) announced on Tuesday that after 34 years in Congress he would not seek reelection in 2014, according to a statement from his office.

Wolf, who has long championed human rights issues and the plight of minorities across the globe, said that he will continue to champion these issues from outside Capitol Hill.

"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," Wolf said in the statement. "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 10th century Member of Parliament William Wilberforce," Wolf said.

Wolf first assumed office in 1981, making him one of the longest-serving current members.

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