House Democrat Carolyn McCarthy will not run for re-election

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Carolyn McCarthy has been a forceful advocate of gun control. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP/PIX11) — Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy plans to retire, she announced on Wednesday.

McCarthy, 70, who has served nine terms as a House Democrat from Long Island, was elected shortly after her husband was killed in a Dec. 1993 shooting on the Long Island Rail Road. She has been a forceful advocate for gun control. McCarthy is being treated for lung cancer.

“I have decided not to seek re-election to the United States Congress in 2014,” McCarthy said in a statement.  “I am forever grateful to my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for the past 18 years.  As I plan for the next chapter of my life, I look forward to resuming my role as a citizen activist for the causes and principles that are so close to my heart.”

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