Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) — George Miller, the California Democrat who wrote legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour and now wants to link it to inflation, announced he will retire from Congress.

Miller, the top Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee since 2001, also was instrumental in writing the 2010 health-care law known as Obamacare. He said today that he won't run for re-election this year and will leave after this session of Congress ends early next year.

His 2007 bill to raise the minimum wage was included as part of a larger spending bill to fund the Iraq war.

"I'm proud of what I have been able to accomplish on behalf of children, working people and the environment, in my district and for our country, especially passage of national health-care reform," Miller said in a statement.

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