The wave of retirement shakes Democrats' hopes of seizing the House

So far, 23 Democrats and 12 Republicans of the House have announced they do not want to run for re-election or run for office.


The House of the Democrats is facing re-election with less than a year to go before the mid-term elections.

So far, 23 Democratic Alliance representatives have said they will not run in the by-elections, including five in December alone. Three of them - Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, and Albio Sires of New Jersey - made their announcements last week.

Some retired members say they are resigning because their constituencies have become increasingly competitive under the re-election this year, while others have expressed frustration with Capitol Hill's performance or dissatisfaction with lawmakers at the conference. Many others want more political office.

These decisions come as the group faces difficult conditions until November.

President Joe Biden's approval ratings dropped sharply over the past few weeks amid concerns over his economic management and coronavirus response - which could be a bad omen given that the presidential party often loses seats in mid-year elections. And Democrats' concerns about a major role in Congress next year have exacerbated GOP's sweepstakes in last month's election in Virginia and an unexpectedly closed power race in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, the party’s hopes of approving the Biden agenda body, a $ 1.7 billion package for climate change plans, were dashed when Senion Joe Manchin, DW.Va., unexpectedly announced on Sunday that he would not support the law, Democrats. they have been negotiating for months - continuing to highlight the group's differences. That is in addition to important democratic programs such as voting and the reorganization of immigrants.

In contrast, 15 out of 23 Democrats who do not run for re-election choose to withdraw from public life, including senior members.

Murphy, chairman of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition and a member of the House's special committee investigating Jan's attack. 6 in the U.S. Capitol, you are the chief whip of the House. Roybal-Allard is the "cardinal" of the House, who heads a small committee responsible for national security spending, and has served in the Congress since 1993. Sirs, who has been a member since 2006, chairs the sub-committee on Foreign Affairs and sits on the budget and infrastructure committee.

Other prominent members who have announced their retirement in recent months include Peter DeFazio of Oregon, chairman of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee; John Yarmuth of Kentucky, in charge of the powerful Budget Committee; and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, chair of the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

DeFazio, who has been in office for more than 30 years, has been instrumental in negotiating a major infrastructure agreement passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in November, while Yarmuth, a 15-year-old member, helped lead the Democrats. 'a huge package of public spending.

Reps. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, former head of the Democratic DRM Campaign Committee, and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, a former chairman of the Congress of the Black Black Caucus, is also about to retire.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, dismissed concerns about the floods, saying it was to be expected because it was a year of re-ban.

"I do not believe it is in line with our hopes for 2022," he told reporters last month. “We will hold the House, and we will grow the majority. We will do it because of the extraordinary leadership. ”

Across the road, a dozen House Republicans announced plans to retire from Congress or run for office, not counting the members who had left. Leaves include Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the two GOP committee members on January 6; Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, senior member of the Ways and Means Committee; Rep. Tom Reed of New York, former chairman of the Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus; and Devin Nunes, of California, a loyal defender of former President Donald Trump who is leaving to become the CEO of Trump's new media company.

So far, only one Senate Democrat, Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, has announced his re-election. On the other side of the road, five Senate Republicans have announced plans to retire, including Richard Burr of North Carolina; Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania; Rob Portman of Ohio; Richard Shelby of Alabama; and Roy Blunt of Missouri.

Inspired by upcoming Senate seats, four House Democrats are running for Senate in their home states: Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Tim Ryan in Ohio, Peter Welch in Vermont and Val Demings in Florida. Several of his colleagues, on the other hand, ran for other elected offices, including Charlie Crist, governor of Florida, the seat he had previously held; Karen Bass, also former chair of the Congress of the Black Black Caucus, mayor of Los Angeles; Anthony Brown for attorney general in Maryland; and Tom Suozzi as governor of New York.