Illinois Republican Rep. Bobby Bush will reportedly not run for re-election during the 2022 midterms, adding to a large list of Democrats leaving the House as Republicans seek to win back power during the November midterms.
“U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who has represented Illinois’ 1st Congressional District for nearly 30 years, has decided to retire and not run for re-election,” multiple sources have confirmed to NBC 5.
“At 75, the longtime civil rights activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party in Illinois has been making phone calls to inform friends and elected officials about his decision,” the report added.
If confirmed, the addition will make two dozen House Democrats choosing not to run in 2022.
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The scenario could grow even worse, as the party expects a few more members to announce retirement from the House.
With the current slim margin in the House, the scenario increasingly looks like Pelosi will soon no longer be House Speaker and Democrats will soon no longer hold the majority.
The Senate will also be up for grabs in November, though the numbers will be tighter. The current 50-50 deadlock only requires one change for Republicans to give back power that would slow the Biden agenda.