Dennis Kucinich, one of the Democratic Party's more liberal members in Congress and a leading voice for the left-wing, has officially left Congress after representing the Cleveland, Ohio, area for the past 16 years. While he did not retain his seat in the House of Representatives following redistricting, Kucinich says he is not ruling out another run for public office.
After watching the new members of Congress take office at noon on Thursday, Kucinich told reporters that he is determined to remain a voice for change, even if he doesn't have a House vote. In an interview with the Associated Press, Kucinich said that "it remains to be seen" if he will run for office again, but has no immediate plans. Kucinich said that he is excited to be planning his future.
Kucinich, a former Cleveland mayor, lost in a Democratic primary last year to congress Marcy Kaptur of Toledo that was forced through redistricting.