Indiana Democrat Jacobs Says He Won’t Seek New House Term
Rep. Andrew Jacobs Jr., a Democrat known for his refusal to accept pay raises, said Saturday that he won’t seek reelection because “30 years are enough.”
He is the 15th Democrat to announce he will not run again in 1996, along with three Republicans. In addition, two Democrats have resigned this year. The GOP swept to its first House majority in 40 years in 1994, and if it maintains control in 1996, it will be the first time a Republican majority has been reelected since 1928.
Jacobs, 63, denied he is jumping ship: “I don’t think I’m abandoning my party in 1996. Things look pretty good.”
Jacobs, who has said he considers himself a founder of the drive for a balanced budget, served from 1965 to 1973 and again from 1975 to the present.
Jacobs always refused money from political action committees, turned down speaking fees and at least three raises, and spent almost nothing on campaigning. Still, the voters in Indiana’s 10th District, most of Indianapolis, repeatedly returned him to Washington by healthy margins.