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DahlkemperThe Erie Times-News' Kevin Flowers had a nice curtain-closer on Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper's one term in office Sunday. Dahlkemper is looking forward to being a mother (and grandmother) again rather than the relentless schedule of a member of Congress, and she says she's not sure about her next step:

Dahlkemper, whose family owns a landscaping business, said she is not mulling specific job offers right now. She said she is interested in lending her voice and experience to anti-abortion issues (Dahlkemper opposes abortion), economic development, child nutrition and obesity, and encouraging more women to get into politics.

"My thoughts are kind of all over the place right now. I'm not ruling out anything at this point," Dahlkemper said. "I've been having different conversations with people about a number of different avenues I might pursue.

"But for me, I think the best thing right now is to give it a little time and decide which way I want to go."

For now, Dahlkemper said she wants to relax, take a vacation with her husband, Dan, and reconnect with family and friends in Erie and throughout the country.

Dahlkemper, who has been working out of a cubicle in the Rayburn House Office Building basement during the lame-duck changeover, has one working day left tomorrow when the House (barring some kind of schedule-changing wildness, always a possibility) is expected to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government funded into 2011.

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