NY Democratic Rep. becomes 30TH to bow out before the midterms in the face of a Republican bloodbath

Dems warn: Voters in swing districts think they’re preachy, judgmental and focused on culture wars

Karen Bass

California Representative Karen Bass is running to be mayor of Lose Angeles

California Representative Karen Bass is running to be mayor of Lose Angeles

The 68-year-old was originally elected to the House in the 2010 elections and formerly served as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus from January 2019-January 2021. In her 12 years, Bass represented California’s 33rd and 37th congressional districts. She launched her campaign for Los Angeles mayor in September 2021.

Anthony Brown

The congressman has served in Maryland politics since 1999 – most recently representing the state’s 4th congressional district in the U.S. House. Brown, 60, will not seek reelection because he launched a campaign in October 2021 to serve as Maryland attorney general.

Cheri Bustos

After narrowly winning reelection in 2020, Bustos announced in April 2021 that she will retire from Congress at the end of her fifth term. The 60-year-old led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2020 election cycle. Before her only 4-point win last cycle, Bustos won in 2018 by nearly 25 points, exhibiting her falling favor with constituents in Illinois’ 17th district, which voted heavily for Donald Trump.

G.K. Butterfield

The North Carolina congressman has served in the House since 2004. Butterfield, 74, said in November 2021 that he won’t run for reelection, accusing his state’s Republican-led legislature of drawing a ‘racially gerrymandered’ map. 

Jim Cooper

Due to what Cooper, 67, describes as gerrymandering, the Tennessee Democrat will finished his 10th term at the end of 2022 and retire from Congress. The deep red state’s legislature moved to split Davidson County, which encompasses the city of Nashville, into three congressional districts.  

Charlie Crist

The Republican-turned-Democrat announced in May 2021 he is running to once against be governor of Florida – a race unlikely to be victorious in the swing state of Florida, which has gone progressively red in recent years. The 65-year-old was governor of the Sunshine State from 2007–2011 and was first elected to the House in 2016.

Peter DeFazio

The Oregon congressman announced in December 2021 that he won’t seek reelection after 18 terms in the House. DeFazio, 74, serves as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In recent years, Oregon’s 4th congressional district has become increasingly competitive, causing him to remain in place for fear of giving up the seat to Republicans. Recently redrawn lines make the district more solidly blue. ‘I would have felt more obligation to run again’ if the district remained a potential swing seat DeFazio said.

Val Demmings

Serving as Orlando’s police chief from 2007-2011, Demings, 64, became a rising star of the Democratic Party and even made Joe Biden’s shortlist of running mates in 2020. The congresswoman for Florida’s 10th district served as one of the House prosecutors during Trump’s impeachment trial after the January 6 Capitol riot. She announced in June 2021 that she will end her House tenure to challenge Republican Marco Rubio for his Senate seat in Florida.

Val Demings quickly became a star of the Democratic Party. She is leaving her House seat to run for Senate in Florida against incumbent Republican Marco Rubio

Val Demings quickly became a star of the Democratic Party. She is leaving her House seat to run for Senate in Florida against incumbent Republican Marco Rubio

Michael Doyle

After serving in the House since 1995, the 68-year-old Pennsylvania representative announced in October 2021 he will ‘torch to the next generation’ and not seek reelection. Doyle cited wanting to spend retirement with his wife and their growing family. Redistricting will also likely change his Pittsburgh-based district’s boundaries.

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Johnson was the first black woman to chair the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and was the first registered nurse to be elected to Congress. The 86-year-old first assumed office in 1993 to represent Texas’ 30rd congressional district. She announced in November 2021 she won’t seek reelection for a 15th term.

Ron Kind

The Wisconsin representative is one of only seven Democrats representing a district that was carried by Trump in 2020. Kind, 58, narrowly won reelection in 2020 with only 51 per cent of the vote. He announced in August 2021 that he would not seek reelection in his state’s 3rd congressional district.

Ann Kirkpatrick

Arizona’s representative for the 2nd congressional district said in March 2021 she is ‘term-limiting myself’ by refusing to seek reelection in 2022. She cited wanting to spend more time with family. The congresswoman took a leave of absence from the House in 2020 to recover from alcoholism, but said that did not play a role in her decision. Kirkpatrick, 71, represented the state’s 1st district from 2009-2011 and again from 2013-2017 before she switched to the 1st district from 2019 present day.

Brenda Lawrence

The 67-year-old Michigan Democrat said January 4 that she will not seek reelection in her deep blue district.  Her announcement made her the 7th member of the Congressional Black Caucus to say she is leaving the House at the end of her term. Before serving as the representative for Michigan’s 14th congressional district starting in 2015, she was mayor of Southfield, Michigan. 

Conor Lamb

By far the youngest Democrat not seeking reelection in 2022, Conor Lamb, 37, announced in August 2021 that he is instead running for an open Senate seat in Pennsylvania. Lamb narrowly won in 2020 with just two points over his Republican challenger in the swing state. He first came to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th – now 17th – district in a 2018 special election for a district previously held by a Republican.

James Langevin

The 57-year-old representative was the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress and was appointed to be speaker pro tempore of the lower chamber in 2019. Langevin has served Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional district since 2001 and announced in January 2022 that he will not seek reelection in the midterms.  

Alan Lowenthal

The 80-year-old has represented a safely Democratic Long Beach, California district since 2013. Lowenthal announced in December 2021 he will retire at the end of the 117th Congress to spend more time with family. California had yet to finalize its new congressional map, which could affect his current district’s lines.

Jerry McNerney

The California father of three has served in the state’s 11th and 9th districts. He has been in Congress since January 2007 and announced January 18, 2022 that he will not launch a reelection bid for 2022. 

Stephanie Murphy

Murphy, 43, is the first Vietnamese American woman elected to Congress and leads the Blue Dog Coalition. She originally came to represent Florida’s 7th congressional district in 2016 by unseating longtime GOP incumbent John Mica, who served there from 1993 until he was beat by Murphy. In December 2021, Murphy became one of the most recent Democrats to announce she won’t run for reelection in 2022 midterms, but says she won’t leave ‘public service.’

Ed Perlmutter 

Edwin Perlmutter, 68, has represented Colorado’s 7th congressional district since 2007 and from 1995-2003 served the state’s 20th district. The father of three announced January 10, 2022 that he would not seek reelection and does not appear to be seeking an elected position elsewhere or seeking higher office.  

Murphy said that she was 'consistently named one of the most bipartisan and effective members of Congress' and was among a small band of Democrats who threatened to vote against Biden's Build Back Better plan until lawmakers knew the full price tag

Murphy said that she was ‘consistently named one of the most bipartisan and effective members of Congress’ and was among a small band of Democrats who threatened to vote against Biden’s Build Back Better plan until lawmakers knew the full price tag

David Price

After three-and-a-half decades in Congress – with a short two-year break in the 1990s – the 81-year-old representative will retire at the end of this term. Price served North Carolina from 1987-1995 and again from 1997 to now, where he currently chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee that has oversight of the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. Price announced in October 2021 that he won’t seek reelection.

Lucille Roybal-Allard

First elected to the House in 1993, Roybal-Allard announced in December 2021 that she will not seek reelection. The 80-year-old chairwoman of a House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing immigration issues said she was unhappy with the California redistricting commission’s map due to concerns it doesn’t ensure adequate Hispanic representation.

Kathleen Rice 

The New York representative announced on her 57th birthday on February 15, 2022 that she will not run for reelection. She did not announce what her plans are past that. Rice was a district attorney in Nassau County, New York before ascending to the House. Her announcement brought the field of Democrats leaving the lower chamber in 2022 to 30. 

Bobby Rush's announcement made two dozen Democrat not running in 2022 midterms. Said his decision came after a discussion with his grandson

Bobby Rush’s announcement made two dozen Democrat not running in 2022 midterms. Said his decision came after a discussion with his grandson

 Bobby Rush

The 15-term 75-year-old representative from Illinois told the Chicago Sun-Times on January 3 that he would not seek a 16th term in the House. Rush represented the state’s 1st congressional district since 1993 and was the only politician to ever beat Barack Obama in an election – besting him in the 2000 primary race for the seat he already held. Rush was a civil rights activist and co-founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. He attributed his retirement wanting to spend more time with his family and share his story with the next generation. 

Tim Ryan

Ohio will lose their ambitious 13th district representative at the close of 2022 as Tim Ryan, 48, attempts to rise to the Senate in a race for Rob Portman’s seat. Ryan officially launched his Senate campaign in April 2021 after an unsuccessful run to be the Democratic presidential nominee in the 2020 election. Instead, in 2020, Ryan was reelection to his 10th term in Congress. Ryan currently chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over legislative branch spending, where he has attempted to investigate Capitol Police handling of January 6.

Albio Sires

Sires, 70, has served in the House representing New Jersey since 2006. In December 2021, he announced he would not seek reelection, claiming he feels good being able to retire with the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which he considers ‘the capstone to a career of service.’

Dems warn: Voters in swing districts think they're preachy, judgmental and focused on culture wars

‘It’s time for me to come home. Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother and friend,’ California Rep. Jackie Speier said when announcing she won’t run again in 2022

Jackie Speier

Co-chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus Jackie Speier, 71, has served California in the U.S. House since 2008 for both the 12th and 14th districts during her tenure. In November 2021, Speier announced she would run again for the House, claiming, ‘It’s time for me to come home. Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother and friend.’

Tom Suozzi

Long Island’s two-term representative Tom Suozzi will not seek a third, he announced in November 2021. Instead, the 59-year-old launched a campaign running for governor of New York as a ‘common sense Democrat.’

Filemon Vela

Since 2013, Filemon Vela has represented Texas’ 34th congressional district – but he announced in March 2021 that he will not seek reelection in 2022 for a sixth term. The 58-year-old was in a district considered a Democratic stronghold, but it swung hard to the right from 2016 to 2020. The redistricting process this year further gives Republicans in Texas the opportunity to draw a border district to be more competitive.

Peter Welch

After representing Vermont in the House since 2007, Welch, 74, is now taking his ambitions further to represent the state in the U.S. Senate. Following Senator Patrick Leahy’s retirement announcement, Welch said in November 2021 that he will vie to succeed him.

John Yarmuth

The House Budget committee chairman has helped Democrats craft their social spending package, but will end that effort after next year when he leaves office. Yarmuth, 74, announced in October 2021 he will not seek reelection after 14 years in the House representing Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district. 

 

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