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Retiring Democrats could lead to a power shift in Washington

Randy Mancini 15 December 29, 2021
Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., speaks before the House select committee in Washington, July 27, 2021. Murphy on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 announced she will not seek reelection next year. The Florida Democrat, a leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition and member of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, said she is retiring from Congress to spend more time with her family. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., speaks before the House select committee in Washington, July 27, 2021. Murphy on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 announced she will not seek reelection next year. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

Democrats are losing numbers rapidly going into the 2022 midterms as three more Democrat representatives announce retirement.

Last week, several Democrat policy makers released statements indicating they would not be pursuing another term. Rep. Albio Sires of New Jersey, Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California were among those who would not be returning.

“At a time where our politics have become so divisive and dangerous, my greatest hope for my colleagues is that they do the same to stop the name-calling, saber-rattling, and the disinformation and to listen to one another,” stated Rep. Murphy.

After thirty years in the House of Representatives, the time has come for me to spend more time with my family.

Therefore, I have decided not to seek reelection.2/3

— Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (@RepRoybalAllard) December 21, 2021

This marks 23 House Democrats planning on leaving their posts next year in an election-season that will decide the balance of Congress. Republicans will need a net gain of just five seats to take control of the House.

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