Democrat and education reformer George Miller set to retire from Congress

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rep. George Miller of California, a top ally of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the dean of the state's congressional delegation, announced Monday he will not run for re-election this fall, marking the end of a 40 year career on Capitol Hill.

Miller, 68, serves as the top Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, a panel he chaired when the Democrats controlled the chamber. He has built a record as a top progressive in the House, but Miller worked closely with Rep. John Boehner, who was the top Republican on the education committee, and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, to pass the education reform bill known as "No Child Left Behind" in 2002.

He also worked on student loan bills, health care reform, and several measures aimed at protecting labor rights.

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