Representative William Delahunt (D-MA) will not seek reelection to Congress after seven terms spanning nearly 40 years. At 68 years old, the lawmaker is finally calling it quits. “It's got nothing to do with politics,” said Delahunt, who had been considering leaving the House for some time, but was talked out of it by the late Ted Kennedy. While the lawmaker has struggled with Kennedy’s death, he concludes that the strenuous House schedule was taking a toll on his personal life. Delahunt’s retirement marks the 17th among House Democrats. He was regarded as one of the House’s “most ardent and reliable liberals,” and his departure will mean another open seat for potential Republicans, making many Democrats nervous.