U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre of North Carolina announced Wednesday that he will retire from the House at the end of his term.

The Democrat released the following statement:

"In eastern North Carolina, we have demonstrated that public service is a partnership between the people and the representative they entrust to speak on their behalf.  

"For us, this has been where the priorities of policy over politics, issues over ideology, dialogue over dollars, and cooperation over campaigning have prevailed.

"Having answered the call entrusted through this partnership, I will be retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of this term."

(CLICK HERE to read his entire statement.)

McIntrye is one of the few remaining southern Democrats in the House and has served for nine terms. He survived the Republican sweep in 2010 and redrawn congressional lines in 2012. His retirement gives the Republicans a strong chance of winning the seat.