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Rep. Coyne to Retire After Term

August 3, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rep. William J. Coyne, D-Pa., a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced Friday that he will retire when his term ends next year.

Coyne has represented a district that includes Pittsburgh and some of its northern and western suburbs since 1981. He is the fourth ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over such issues as health care, taxes and trade.

Coyne’s retirement avoids a potential primary fight with Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., who represents an adjacent district.

Republican state legislators have circulated redistricting plans that would have placed Coyne and Doyle into the same district next year.

Pennsylvania will lose two congressional seats next year because of slow population growth. There are now 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation.

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On the Net:

Rep. William J. Coyne: http://www.house.gov/coyne

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