Veteran Ohio Congressman Retiring
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Rep. Thomas A. Luken, D-Ohio, a former Cincinnati mayor who has served in Congress since 1976, announced Wednesday he will retire when his term ends Jan. 1.
Luken, 64, a lawyer who has maintained his home in Cincinnati, is serving his seventh consecutive term.
″I expect that this is my swan song in elective office. You never say never, but it’s likely that I will not attempt elective office again,″ Luken said.
He said he has not decided what he will do next, but indicated he may still spend time in Washington after leaving Congress. Luken said he is announcing his departure from Congress now to give other potential candidates for his office time to decide whether to file qualifying documents by the Feb. 22 filing deadline.
Luken said he does not know who the Republicans planned to field as a candidate and said he felt confident that he could win again if he decided to seek re-election.
Luken’s eight children include Cincinnati Mayor Charles J. Luken. The younger Luken, 38, said he is considering running for his father’s congressional seat and scheduled a news conference at his Cincinnati home for Thursday morning.
″Being a congressman is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,″ Charles Luken said.