An Early Exit For Calif. Congressman By editor • Aug 17, 2012 TweetShareGoogle+Email Listen Listening... / Originally published on August 17, 2012 4:03 pm Congressman Dennis Cardoza, a Democrat from California, was retiring after this year. But why wait? A job with a big lobby-law firm was waiting, so the congressman resigned from Congress this week. TweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread.