Rep. Dave Camp to Retire

Congressman Dave Camp, Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, announced this week that he will retire at the end of this session of Congress. He stated in a release, “Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life….During the next nine months, I will redouble my efforts to grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American by fixing our broken tax code, permanently solving physician payments for seniors, strengthening the social safety net and finding new markets for U.S. goods and services.” 

In February, Chairman Camp released his plan to overhaul the tax code, the Tax Reform Act of 2014. While unlikely to advance out of the House this year, it may well shape discussion in future Congresses. Camp has also spearheaded the investigation into the IRS targeting scandal unearthed last year. Contending to take over the top seat on the Ways and Means Committee are Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), who appears the front-runner, and Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), who has more seniority on the panel.

Chairman Camp’s departure is the fourth among powerful Michigan Members of Congress. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI), former House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI), and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) have all announced that this is their last year as well.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: April 4, 2014