Washington has become so toxic these days that one member of Congress is leaving after just one term—to run for a position in local government. After only a year in office, Democratic Representative Gloria Negrete McLeod of California plotted her escape from the House to seek a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
If she is successful, Negrete McLeod will become at least the second member of Congress in two years to move straight from federal government to a smaller, local constituency. Former Representative Todd Platts, a Pennsylvania Republican, is now known locally as Judge Todd Platts, ever since he won a seat on the York County Court of Common Pleas in 2013, a year after leaving the House. Meanwhile, Republican Tim Griffin is leaving the House after two terms to seek a decidedly less high-profile position, running for Arkansas lieutenant governor.
It's not exactly an exodus, but the reverse movement catches the eye in a House filled with climbers. Many members of Congress toiled in state or local government for years to set themselves up for a gig in D.C. And though plenty of former members start over in local or state government after losing their seats—for example, former Democratic Representative Kathy Dahlkemper, defeated in 2010, just won a race for county executive in Erie, Pennsylvania—moving the other way for something other than a big-city mayoralty is unusual.