WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw is leaving Congress after spending nearly 16 years in office.
The Jacksonville Republican announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election. Crenshaw is a former investment banker who became president of the state Senate after the GOP took control in the 1990s. He was first elected to Congress in November 2000.
The 71-year-old Crenshaw posted a statement on his website in which he said it was "time to turn the page on this chapter in my life."
Despite recent changes in Florida's congressional map, Crenshaw's district is considered to be reliably Republican. His decision to retire from Congress is likely to set off a scramble among would-be successors.
Several other members of Florida's delegation have announced they're not seeking new terms.