Arkansas' Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross is set to walk away from Washington when his term expires in 2012.
Ross' Washington office confirmed his decision this morning not to seek re-election and also says that Ross is considering a run for Arkansas governor in 2014.
Ross, of Prescott, has represented a district that includes 29 counties throughout much of the southern and western parts of the state since 2000 and is currently serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Chairman Will Bond of the Democratic Party of Arkansas released this statement following the retirement announcement of Congressman Ross:
"Congressman Mike Ross has been a tireless advocate for fiscal restraint and responsible budgeting in Washington, D.C. He has fought to protect important programs like Social Security and Medicare that are beneficial to all Arkansans. We appreciate his service and support him in his decision to retire in order to spend more time with his family and continue his focus on issues that are important to our state."
"The Fourth District has an abundance of outstanding Arkansas Democrats, many of which would be excellent candidates in the Fourth Congressional District, and we look forward to working with our Democratic nominee. Congressman Ross won the Fourth District by an astounding 18 points last election cycle, a cycle that many found difficult for Democrats across the country. By announcing his retirement early, Arkansas Democrats looking to continue Democratic leadership in the Fourth will have ample time to prepare for the 2012 election cycle."
"Again, we are grateful for the service of Congressman Mike Ross, and look forward to what the future holds for him and his family."