Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie is declining the federal pension benefit given to Capitol Hill lawmakers.

The freshman Republican legislator represents northern Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District.

Massie says he has declined to accept payments to his retirement fund since taking office.

“Before I was a congressman, I always looked to Washington, D.C. and said ‘those folks should live just like regular people back here.’ And to the extent it’s possible, that’s what I’m doing.   So, like, for instance, for my retirement, I’ve got like a 401(k) type thing, where what you get out is what you put in,” Massie said. 

Massie is also not participating in the congressional health care plan.   He says he has purchased his own insurance on the private market.