Pickering to Stay

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U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering will stay in Congress. The Republican announced Wednesday morning that he has turned down a $1 million a year lobbying job.

Pickering said last week that he and his family were discussing whether he should take a job as president of the Washington-based Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. The association's top job will be open at the end of the year when Thomas Wheeler leaves.

Pickering, 39, makes $154,700 in Congress. He and his wife, Leisha, have five sons ranging in age from four to 13.

Pickering was first elected to Congress in 1996 and took office in January 1997. As a staff member for Sen. Trent Lott, Pickering helped the former GOP leader push an overhaul of the nation's telecommunications law through Congress in 1996.