WASHINGTON – Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) teared up Thursday as he formally announced plans to retire after more than two decades in Congress.
“I should have Boehner here, right?” he joked, referring to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who often wells up on emotional occasions.
“For me, it’s time to walk away,” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said as he made his announcement in the committee’s wood-paneled hearing room in front of a row of flags and surrounded by official portraits of former chairmen. His wife of more than 51 years, Patricia, was in the audience.
Since 1992, McKeon, 75, has represented a district that...