Two longtime members of the United States House of Representatives, North Carolina’s David Price (D) and Pennsylvania’s Mike Doyle (D), announced they will not seek re-election in the 2024 midterms.
The news comes in the wake of a number of similar announcements by Democrats, including House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth (D-Kent.) and four others since June.
While Democratic party leaders have noted that districts represented by Yarmuth, Doyle and Price will not be competitive for Republicans in 2024, many party leaders are reportedly concerned.
According to a report in The Hill, 12 House Democrats have indicated that they will not run for re-election in their current seats, with five of the 12 planning to run for different offices.
Separately, a number of Democrats have reported unimpressive fundraising numbers, including Reps. Grace Napolitano of California, Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas. Johnson has already suggested that she will retire in 2022.
In Price’s retirement announcement, he said, “While it is time for me to retire, it is no time to flag in our efforts to secure a ‘more perfect union’ and to protect and expand our democracy.”
For his part, Doyle said this about his retirement: “I believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation. This is a good transition time for a new member to start in a newly drawn district.”
Politico reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also signaled that this would be her last term, but she has yet to clarify a timetable.
It is likely that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina will be forced to give up their positions when Pelosi leaves.
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