The veteran Democrat’s departure will leave just one lawmaker, Rep.
"I’m proud of what I have been able to accomplish on behalf of children, working people and the environment, in my district and for our country, especially passage of national health care reform," Miller said in a statement. "Now, I look forward to one last year in
The 68-year-old Miller, a confidant of House Minority Leader
When his party controlled Congress, he chaired the Natural Resources Committee and later the Committee on Education and Labor.
"In the majority, as chairman of three committees, and in the minority as well, he has written some of the most creative legislation of our time – on health care, education, child policy and labor rights, and also on the environment, energy and national parks," Pelosi said in a statement.
Miller’s announcement comes after Rep.
[For the Record, 1:16 p.m. PST Jan. 13: An earlier version of this post said Waxman would be the sole remaining member of the Watergate class of 1974 remaining in Congress]