FILE - This Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 picture shows the U.S. Capitol just after the House voted to pass debt legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's says it has downgraded the United States' credit rating for the first time in the history of the ratings. The credit rating agency says that it is cutting the country's top AAA rating by one notch to AA-plus. The credit agency said late Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 that it is making the move because the deficit reduction plan passed by Congress on Tuesday did not go far enough to stabilize the country's debt situation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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 (http://bit.ly/PnaNNQ ), 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.