Rep. John Olver, D-Mass., will not seek reelection in 2012 -- sparing Bay State Democrats from an uncomfortable situation next year as the state loses a seat in reapportionment.
In announcing his decision, Olver said his family played a large role in his decision, too: his wife, Rose, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this year.
"Last December, I announced that I intended to seek to continue my congressional service beyond 2012. Over the past six months, circumstances within my family have substantially changed, and I now find I must reconsider my earlier decision," Olver said in a statement. "Therefore, I will retire from the House of Representatives at the conclusion of the current (112th) Congress."