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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) -

(04/01/14) - Another Michigan Congressman is calling it quits. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) is leaving Congress.

Even though he holds one of the most powerful positions in Congress, the Ways and Means Chairman is walking into the unknown.

"I've made no plans," he said. "Really, just need to get through this announcement."

Camp has been in Congress since 1991, and his six year term on the Ways and Means Committee, where tax code is written, is about to expire.

A few years ago, Camp battled cancer. This year, he battled fellow Republicans.

When Camp released his own tax reform bill earlier this year, Speaker of the House John Boehner laughed. Camp's bill was immediately dismissed by Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as legislation that would not pass in a midterm election year.

"I'm obviously working through the bill with members of the committee, both Republicans and Democrats," Camp said. "And meeting with groups of Republicans to really go through the bill in detail, it takes a long time."

Camp said tax reform isn't dead; he's still trying to lower tax rates and push through parts of his sweeping overhaul of the tax code before he leaves Congress.

"I'm going to spend the next few weeks and months trying to build support for the comprehensive reform," he said. "The reform that really simplifies our code."

Camp is not the only member of Congress from Michigan to leave this year. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and the longest-serving member in congressional history, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) are also stepping down.

Even nine months from retirement, Camp's legacy on Capitol Hill has already begun to take shape.

"I just think you want to treat people the way you want to be treated," Camp said. "That's kind of how I was brought up and I've been in the minority twice, and I'm in my second turn in the majority, and you want to treat people in the minority the way you want to be treated, so that's really my philosophy."

Camp has not endorsed anyone for his Congressional seat or his Ways and Means Chairmanship. He said Republicans need to focus on holding into the majority in the House this fall.

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