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Lawmakers Lee, Webb Announce Their Departures

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And now a note on some changes in Congress. Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia said yesterday he will not run for a second term next year. Webb served in Vietnam and wrote bestselling novels. He was secretary of the Navy under Republican President Ronald Reagan before running for the Senate as a Democrat. It was a long-shot campaign, which he won.

Yesterday, on his 65th birthday, he said it's time to return to the private sector.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Also yesterday, Republican Representative Christopher Lee of New York abruptly resigned. He quit hours after a shirtless photo of the congressman surfaced on the website Gawker. The congressman, who is married, apparently took the photo of himself and sent it to a woman he met on Craigslist.

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