The list of House Democrats who have announced their retirement from Congress ahead of the 2022 midterms continues to grow and is now five times more than the GOP needs to regain control.
“California Democrat Rep. Alan Lowenthal announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022,” Conservative Brief reported Thursday.
“The five-term congressman joins more than 20 House Democrats who have announced they will not run in the midterms,” the outlet continued.
“Just as every journey has a beginning, so too does it have an end. I am announcing today that I will not be running for reelection to Congress in 2022,” he said.
“My first experience in politics was as a teenager working on the campaign of Adlai Stevenson. I have often reflected on him saying that the job of a public servant is to ‘do justly’ and ‘to walk humbly.’ I have tried to live up to this throughout my journey,” he added.
“It is time to pass the baton. 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,” he continued.
“While I am stepping aside from the front lines of that struggle, I will continue to be at your side, fighting for what is right, for what is just, and for what makes us better as both a people and a nation. It has been a distinct honor and a true privilege to serve you,” said Lowenthal.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a fellow California Democrat, went on to thank Lowenthal for “protecting our planet and lifting up his beloved Southern California community.”
Here are the 23 Democrats calling it quits ahead of a midterm election cycle that does not favor their party:
1. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.)
2. Filemon Vela (Texas)
3. Cheri Bustos (Ill.)
4. Tim Ryan (Ohio)
5. Charlie Crist (Fla.)
6. Val Demings (Fla.)
7. Conor Lamb (Pa.)
8. Ron Kind (Wis.)
9. Karen Bass (Calif.)
10. John Yarmuth (Ky.)
11. David Price (N.C.)
12. Mike Doyle (Pa.)
13. Anthony Brown (Md.)
14. Jackie Speier (Calif.)
15. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.)
16. Peter Welch (Vt.)
17. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas)
18. Tom Suozzi (N.Y.)
19. Peter DeFazio (Ore.)
20. Alan Lowenthal (Calif.)
21. Stephanie Murphy (Fla.)
22. Albio Sires (N.J.)
23. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.)
Conservative Brief adds:
Three-quarters of senior Capitol Hill aides think Republicans are going to win back control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.
Punchbowl News surveyed several senior Capitol Hill aides and reported that a whopping 73 percent think Republicans will take the speaker’s gavel from Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi next November.
A top House Democrat is warning that the Republican Party is in a prime position to take back the lower chamber in the 2022 midterm elections.
In September, President Joe Biden’s job approval all but bottomed out in a key early primary battleground state and according to an analysis by a CNN political correspondent, the entire Democrat Party is taking notice.
“It’s the rare poll that makes an entire party sit up and take notice. The new Iowa poll is one of those polls,” Chris Cillizza wrote on Thursday regarding Biden’s 31% approval in Iowa.
“Just 31% of Iowans approved of how Joe Biden is handling his duties as president while a whopping 62% disapprove,” the analyst wrote.
“Biden’s disapproval number is below the lowest ever measured by ace pollster J. Ann Selzer for former presidents Donald Trump (35%) and Barack Obama (36%),” he added.
He added that the poll “should terrify” the president’s party.