Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth announced on Tuesday that he will not be seeking reelection after serving thirteen years in Congress and becoming one of the most powerful liberals in Washington DC.
Yarmuth’s announcement is a blow for Democrats who hold a slim majority in the chamber and must now field a new candidate for his US House seat.
Yarmuth, the lone Democrat to represent Kentucky, also serves as the chair of the House Budget Committee, which is helping to steer President Joe Biden’s social safety net agenda through snags that have come up in negotiations.
“Truth be told, I never expected to be in Congress this long. I always said I couldn’t imagine being here longer than 10 years” he said in a video announcing his retirement. “After every election, I was asked how long I intended to serve, and I never had an answer. Today, I do. This term will be my last.”
He said that he is in good health but, as he approaches the age of 75, he believes the job may become more challenging and he wants to spend time with his family.
“We can still do much more for the American people. And since that progress will unfortunately not be done on a bipartisan basis, my chairmanship of the House Budget Committee puts me in a pivotal position to help build an even better future for our citizens,” the representative said.
He said it is going to be tough for him to stop doing the job but he believes he made the correct decision.
“I know that on my first day as a private citizen, I will regret this decision, and I will be miserable about having left the most gratifying all of my professional life” he said. “But I also know that every day thereafter, I will find other ways to help my fellow citizens, and I will be more confident that the decision I announced today is the right one.”
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Mike Berg responded to his announcement.
“Smart Democrats know their days in the majority are numbered, so they are retiring or seeking other offices,” he said.
And it may not take long for Democrats to find their candidate, as minutes after the representative announced his retirement Morgan McGarvey, Kentucky’s state Senate Democratic leader announced his candidacy.
“With the news that our outstanding Congressman John Yarmuth is retiring, I’m excited to announce my bid for US Congress in #KY03,” he said.
With the news that our outstanding Congressman John Yarmuth is retiring, I’m excited to announce my bid for US Congress in #KY03!
— Morgan McGarvey (@MorganMcGarvey) October 12, 2021
This is an excerpt from Conservative Brief.
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