WASHINGTON (AP) _ Under intense pressure from fellow Republicans in the House intent on holding their slim majority, Rep. Amo Houghton said today he will seek an eighth term.

The 74-year-old Houghton said in a telephone interview this morning that he had planned to retire, but was concerned if he did that his district in southwestern New York might be eliminated when congressional lines are redrawn after this year's census. New York is expected to lose two House seats.

``It was a difficult decision because when you get to be my age you have to wonder whether you should continue in this job or let other people do it,'' Houghton said.

``In the final analysis though there are some advantages to old age ... people know who you are and what you believe in,'' he said. ``And I've got to work to keep this district together.''

Houghton announced his plans today in his hometown of Corning, where his family founded the Fortune 500 Company Corning Inc.

A self-described moderate, Houghton was one of two New York Republicans to vote against impeaching President Clinton. He pushed instead for a strongly worded censure. He founded The Republican Main Street Partnership in 1997 to bring together moderate lawmakers and business executives, governors and mayors. He has been a staunch advocate for the National Endowment for the Arts and public television.

Houghton's views have often put him at odds with more conservative leaders in the House. But many of those leaders _ worried about defending another open seat in November _ lobbied him aggressively to stay. Democrats must pick up only six additional seats to regain control of the House.