(03/31/14) - After two decades and 12 terms with Congress, Representative Dave Camp is retiring.
He made the announcement Monday afternoon, saying he will not seek re-election with the House of Representatives.
Voters in his hometown of Midland are buzzing about the news and many are sad to see him go.
Camp is the GOP chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
The folks we talked to say he brought a lot to the table in that powerful position.
"I like the fact that that leadership came from Midland," said Mike Papa, who lives in Midland.
"I think he carried some conservative values that are needed in the country today," he said.
As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Camp oversaw taxes, medicare and social security.
He's been as a big backer of fiscal reform.
Camp released a statement that said, in part, "I am deeply grateful to the people of the Fourth Congressional District for placing their trust in me. Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose and inspiration."
"You are stepping down from the third or fourth most powerful position in Washington depending on which side you're on," said John Kaczynski, director of the SVSU Center for Public Policy and Service.
And Camp isn't the only experienced leader leaving.
"Michigan is losing a lot this year, you have Congressman (John) Dingell announce, you have Senator (Carl) Levin announce, you have Congressman (Mike) Rogers the other day announce," Kaczynski said.
Tally it up, that's 100 years of combined experience hanging up their hat.
Now, Kaczynski says everyone is wondering who's next for Camp's seat.
"Could it be state senator John Moolenaar? State Senator Roger Kahn? Could it be an attorney general that decides to run for congress again?"
Make sure to check in with ABC12 News Tuesday - we plan to sit down with Representative Camp and discuss his retirement.
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