Those leaving include several who have been in the middle of recent years’ policy battles.
Among them are Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the GOP’s No. 2 Senate leader; Indiana’s Lugar, a longtime GOP power on foreign policy; North Dakota’s Conrad, the Senate Budget Committee chairman and one of his party’s chief deficit foes; and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., who heads the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Gone from the House will be California Democratic Reps. Pete Stark, a major force on health issues, and Howard Berman, long influential in foreign affairs, plus liberal Massachusetts stalwart Barney Frank, whose name is on the new law overhauling the government’s regulation of banks and other financial institutions.
Also leaving: House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif., and Ron Paul, 77, who charted his own libertarian course in Congress and long-shot campaigns for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012.
‘‘The status quo will continue,’’ Paul, who sees little difference between the two political parties, said of the new Congress. As for his own departure, he said, ‘‘Nobody will notice.’’