By Pat Maurer
Dave Camp, 4th Congressional District Representative in the United State House of Representatives, announced Monday that he will not run for re-election in November.
He issued the statement Monday, saying, “Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives. This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family.”
He continued, “Serving in Congress is the great honor of my professional life. I am deeply grateful to the people of the 4th Congressional District for placing their trust in me. Over the years, their unwavering support has been a source of strength, purpose and inspiration.”
His term ends December 31. He stressed, “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.”
The 4th Congressional District spans fifteen counties across mid and northern Michigan.
Camp is the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which is one of the oldest and most powerful committees in the U.S. House of Representatives. As the head of the Committee on Ways and Means, Camp is one of the most influential policymakers in Washington, D.C., helping to set the nation’s economic, health care and social welfare policies. His committee has sole jurisdiction over tax policy and oversees tariff and trade laws, Medicare, Social Security, and welfare and unemployment programs. Created in 1789, the committee is the oldest in the Congress. Camp has served on the committee since 1993 and became Chairman of the committee in 2011.
In 2011, he was selected by Speaker Boehner to also serve on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, a 12-member panel (made up of three House Republicans, three House Democrats, Three Senate Republicans and three Senate Democrats) created under the Budget Control Act and charged with finding solutions to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. In 2010, Camp was one of three House Republicans appointed by then-Minority Leader John Boehner to serve on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, commonly known as the Bowles-Simpson Commission. The Commission, formed in 2010, was charged with identifying policies to improve the U.S. fiscal situation in the medium term, and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long term. While on the Commission, Camp co-led the Tax Reform Working Group and was a member of the Mandatory Spending Working Group.
In the 110th Congress (2007-2008) and 109th Congress (2005-2006), Camp served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, respectively. During his tenure on the committee, he has served seven terms as a Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, and six terms as a Member of the Subcommittee on Trade. As a junior Member of the committee in 1996, Camp made his mark by playing a pivotal role in the passage of historic welfare reform legislation, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996.
Camp was selected by Speaker Denny Hastert to serve on the Select Committee on Homeland Security, created by the House of Representatives in 2003. While on the select committee, Camp served as chairman of the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Security, where he helped in developing policies to better secure U.S. land and maritime borders in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
In the 102nd Congress (1991-92), Camp served on the House Committee on Agriculture. For his work on behalf of Michigan agriculture, he received the Golden Plow Award in 1998.
He has been recognized for “decisive breakthroughs” on significant legislation since his first days in Congress. Camp’s signature issues include making America more competitive by lowering and simplifying tax rates for individuals, families and employers; reforming health care to focus on wellness and prevention; expanding access to quality, affordable health care through tax free savings accounts; protecting the welfare of our nation’s children through family focused foster care and adoption programs; and, promoting the production and use of alternative energy, which is a growing industry in Michigan and the Fourth Congressional District.
He has also worked with lawmakers on a long term overhaul and simplification of the U.S. tax code and trade policies to expand American exports and protect American workers.
He said his top priority has always been serving his constituents. Camp stays in close touch with his district and is known for personally signing thousands of constituent letters each year.