Jim Gerlach

GOP Rep. Jim Gerlach announces retirement

GOP Rep. Jim Gerlach announces retirement

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, a moderate Republican from southeastern Pennsylvania, announced Monday that he will retire this year, the latest in a string of congressional Republicans not seeking reelection in 2014.

Gerlach, who has served six terms in Congress and 12 years in the state Legislature, sits on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes taxes.

He is also among a group of suburban Philadelphia Republicans who last year voted with Democrats on several big issues, including Hurricane Sandy relief, the fiscal cliff deal, the Violence Against Women Act, and the agreement to reopen the federal government after a 17-day shutdown.

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