Rep. Rush D. Holt Jr. will not seek re-election when his term in Congress ends this year, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. Holt is a physicist, and worked in Congress as an advocate for scientific research and education. Earlier this year, the New Jersey representative introduced legislation in support of "Darwin Day," to honor the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin.
Here's another cool thing Holt did while serving Congress: he beat IBM's supercomputer Watson at Jeopardy during a congressional celebrity round. In fact, he's a five-time Jeopardy champion. According to the Times, Holt sidestepped an opportunity to complain about Congressional gridlock in an interview (he's one of 12 Democrats resigning from the House this year. 21 Republicans — so far! — are also resigning):
“From my point of view, Congress, even with its frustrations, is the greatest instrument for justice and human welfare in the world...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 will probably have a lot of other options to keep him busy once he leaves Congress. Before joining the House in 1998, Holt was the former Assistant Director of the Plasma Physics Lab at Princeton.
Here's the Congressman's full statement on his resignation, posted to Facebook Tuesday afternoon: