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NY Times Weighs In On Rush Holt's '70 Retirement from Congress

February 19, 2014

The New York Times ran a lengthy piece on Rep. Rush Holt '70 (D-N.J) and his announcement that he is retiring from Congress. Holt, a research physicist who became the House of Representatives authority on numerous scientific matters, served eight terms in representing New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. In the interview, he declined to attack the perception that Congress is broken. “Congress, even with its frustrations, is the greatest instrument for justice and human welfare in the world,” he said. “The stories trying to puzzle out why someone would do something else are based on this rather narrow way of thinking that the only purpose for a member of Congress is to be re-elected. I’ve never viewed it that way, and I think everybody who’s worked with me knows that I think there are a lot of things that I can and should be doing.” Holt delivered the College's opening convocation address in September 2011.