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Calif. Congressman Cardoza announces resignation

Tuesday - 8/14/2012, 3:21pm  ET

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - A Congressman from California's Central Valley is resigning.

Democratic Rep. Dennis Cardoza, whose district includes Modesto, Stockton and Merced, announced his resignation in a statement on Tuesday. It takes effect at midnight.

The statement does not cite a reason for the resignation. But in an interview with the Fresno Bee (, Cardoza says he and his wife are facing parenting challenges.

Cardoza has three children, two of whom were adopted.

He has previously said he did not plan to seek another term this year.

The 53-year-old Cardoza has served in Congress since 2002. Among his achievements, he cites the opening of a University of California branch in Merced and the expansion of the port in Stockton.

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