U. S. Congressman Pete Visclosky

U.S. House of Representatives

  

On this edition of the podcast you'll hear the latest on election night coverage around the Region, U-S Representative Pete Visclosky announced he will not seek re-election in 2020, Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr is making a bid for Congress. Lisa Gillespie reports on veterans suicide prevention, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Army Col. Karen Lloyd, director of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. All of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

Longtime Democratic Rep. Visclosky retiring from Congress

Nov 8, 2019
U.S. House of Representatives

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Longtime Democratic Rep. Pete Visclosky of Indiana isn't running for reelection and will be retiring after 36 years in Congress.

The 70-year-old Visclosky issued a statement Wednesday thanking his district's residents for "the incredible life privilege" of serving in Congress since first winning election in 1984.

Visclosky represents a heavily Democratic district bordering Chicago and Lake Michigan. Visclosky has been a promoter of the steel industry that has several large mills in his district.

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A state senator from northwestern Indiana says he will continue his campaign for governor rather than seek the congressional seat being given up by Democratic Rep. Pete Visclosky.

Sen. Eddie Melton of Gary announced Friday he is "firmly committed to becoming the next governor of Indiana and fighting to improve the quality of life of every Hoosier." Melton is one of three candidates for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb in the 2020 election.

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Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we turn to Dan Carden of the "Times" and "Post-Tribune" reporter Michael Gonzalez to talk about the stories they posted online and had in the print editions this week.  Dan covered the announcement from U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky that he would not seek re-election in 2020, and of two people who already are interested in seeking the longtime Congressman's seat -- Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. and North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan.  Dan also has the story about the Schererville town election where Councilman Michael Troxell won the Clerk-Treasurer's race.    Michael was in Portage on Election Night to watch how mayoral candidate John Cannon (who is serving out ex-Mayor James Snyder's term of office) and Sue Lynch did at the polls.  His story in the "Post-Tribune" detailed Lynch's election victory and post-election comments from Cannon.