Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) got some bad news on Thursday when the twentieth House Democrat announced that he will not be seeking reelection next year. This is especially devastating for the left, given the fact that Republicans need to win just a quarter of these seats to secure the majority.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) announced that he is retiring at the age of 80 to spend more time with his family.
“It is time to pass the baton,” Lowenthal said, according to The Hill. “It is time to rest and surround myself with the benefits of a life well lived and earned honorably in the service of my fellow citizens.”
Breitbart News reported that Lowenthal now joins the following eleven other Democrats who have announced that they won’t be seeking reelection:
- Reps. Filemon Vela (D-TX) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) announced their retirements in March.
- Former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced she would not seek reelection in April.
- Scandal-ridden Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) announced he would be retiring after his current term in August.
- House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) announced, along with longtime Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), that they would not be seeking reelection in October.
- Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced, along with longtime Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), they would not seek reelection in November.
- House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chair Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced that he would not seek reelection at the beginning of December.
The following eight Democrats have announced plans to run for a different office:
- Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) announced in April he would be running for the U.S. Senate seat in his home state being vacated by retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).
- Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced in May said he is running for governor of Florida after previously being governor in the state as a Republican from 2007 to 2011.
- Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) announced in June she would run for a U.S. Senate seat in the Sunshine State against incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
- Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) announced in August he would be running for the U.S. Senate seat in his home state being vacated by retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA).
- Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) announced in September her candidacy for the Los Angeles mayoral race to replace outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti (D).
- Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) announced in October he would run for Maryland Attorney General.
- Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) announced in November he would be running for the U.S. Senate seat in his home state being vacated by retiring Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
- Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) announced in November he would join the crowded race for New York governor.
Rumors are swirling that more Democrats will announce plans in the coming weeks, with Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL), Rep. Cindy Axne (IA), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA), and Rep. Elaine Luria (VA) all being leftwing lawmakers to keep an eye on.
Pelosi has tried to put on a brave face when it comes to keeping her precious majority, but she has to be in full panic mode right now. The red wave is coming, and there’s nothing she can do to stop it.
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