Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who suffered a serious eye injury while exercising in his home in January, announced what a lot of conservatives have been waiting with bated breath to hear: He’s not seeking reelection.

He’s served for about three decades in Congress and has been one of President Obama’s biggest defenders on several of the White House leader’s key agenda pushes.

“I understand this place,” he said, the New York Times reported. “I have quite a bit of power as minority leader.”

Still, he’s thought of retiring for months – and is finally making the jump.

“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” the 75-year-old said. “I don’t want to be [like] a 42-year-old [baseball player] trying to become a designated hitter.”

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