Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California stands in his Capitol Hill office beside a wall displaying his legislative accomplishments. Waxman, 74, said Thursday that he would retire after 40 years in the House of Representatives. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Rep. Waxman Leaves Behind A Legacy Of Health Laws
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Rep. Henry Waxman of California speaks during a 2011 hearing in Washington, D.C. The 20-term Democrat was among the "Watergate babies" elected in 1974. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Henry Waxman, Ferocious Liberal, Says He Will Retire
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