Lowey ends 32-year career in Congress

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat who has represented portions of the Lower Hudson Valley for 32 years, retired at the end of the week.

Lowey, 83, entered politics working on Governor Mario Cuomo’s lieutenant governor campaign and then served as assistant secretary of state of New York for 13 years before running for federal office.

She began her congressional career in 1989.

She reflected on her more than three decades in the nation’s capital.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey.

“Our successes are often overlooked amid partisan rancor and the notion that institutions of governance are irrevocably broken,” she said. “To my colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, across the country and the political spectrum: our work together is a testament to the enduring values of public service and of a collective commitment to better the world.”

Among her accomplishments in Washington, Lowey cites securing “critical federal funds directly for my district; indelibly shaping women’s health policy; enacting life-saving food allergy labeling and the .08 BAC drunk driving standard.”