BREAKING: Powerful Democratic Politician to Retire
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NBC News' Adam Edelman reports:
"After 31 years in the United States Congress, representing the people of Westchester, Rockland, Queens and the Bronx, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2020," Lowey said in a statement.
"I am proud of the help my office has provided to thousands of constituents on matters ranging from health insurance and veterans' benefits to Social Security and student loans," Lowey said.
Lowey has served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee since the beginning of the year. She is the first woman to head the committee.
Lowey's district includes much of the suburban area north of New York City, including most of Westchester County and all of Rockland County.
Politics watchers have speculated for years that Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, could run for the seat once Lowey retires.