December 28, 2021

Three More House Democrats Retire Before 2022 Midterms

  • The Hill

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 

Three more Democrat representatives in the House have announced their retirement before the 2022 midterms next year. This includes Stephanie Murphy of Florida’s 7th congressional district, who is a major moderate legislator and a co-chair of the centrist House Blue Dog Coalition. The other two Democrat representatives retiring are Albio Sires of New Jersey’s 8th district and Alan Lowenthal of California’s 47th district.

The Background:

Many commentators are predicting a major red wave in the 2022 midterm elections next year. Ben Shapiro said that it would be a major “bloodbath.”

These predictions have caused some to see the legislators retiring as confirmation that Democrats expect to lose elections next year.

Recently three more Democrats representatives have announced retirement including Stephanie Murphy, a very moderate Democrat from Florida. 

Murphy cited family time as her reason for leaving Congress saying, “These last few years have been some of the most rewarding moments of my life, but also some of the most challenging. Public service is not without personal sacrifice, and as a mom of two young children, my time away from them has been hard. For them. For me. And for our family.” She also stressed that it was not because she feared losing reelection.

Democrat Albio Sires from New Jersey will also retire. New Jersey had some major upsets in 2021 including a Republican truck driver who only spent $150 on his primary campaign who unseated one of the most powerful Democrats in the state senate. New Jersey, normally a deep blue state, almost elected a Republican governor in 2021.

Alan Lowenthal of California’s 47th district also announced retirement. Lowenthal’s district voted to elect Biden in 2020 by about a 20 point margin.

Notable Quotes: 

“I know this may come as a shock to many of you, for someone to quote unquote ‘retire’ at my age from Congress — without scandal, without immediately seeking higher office, without fear of losing reelection, or without some lucrative job opportunity. I recognize this is a very rare thing to do in Congress, but I still strongly believe in a citizen Congress, where ordinary citizens run for office in search of duty and service, not in search of a career.” - Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy 

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