Dennis Kucinich
Dennis Kucinich: He's had a good run, but it's coming to an end. (Photo by Center for American Progress Action Fund.)

Congress is about to lose one of its most progressive environmentalists — and its only vegan. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who became well-known in liberal circles during his 2004 and 2008 presidential runs, lost the Democratic primary for Ohio’s new 9th congressional district on Tuesday. So come January, he’ll be looking for a new job.

Ohio experienced slower-than-average population growth between 2000 and 2010, so it’s now losing two congressional seats. Republicans gamed the state’s redistricting process to pit Democratic reps against each other. Kucinich ended up running against longtime Rep. Marcy Kaptur and losing. (Kaptur will now face Joe the Plumber in the general election. Yes, really, Joe the Plumber.)