Tsongas Says Current Term Is Her Last

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is not  seeking reelection to her third district seat next year.  

The Lowell  Democrat made the announcement yesterday.  

Tsongas says that at age 71,  it's time to retire from public life and spend more time with family.   

She was first elected to the seat when Marty Meehan decided not to run  in the 2006 election. 

(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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