Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) announced on Tuesday that he will not be seeking re-election in the 2022 election cycle, according to a report in The Daily Caller.
Yarmuth held a prestigious position in the House of Representatives, including holding the chair of the House Budget Committee and a seat that Democrats needed to hold to keep their majority in 2022.
According to the Daily Caller, Yarmuth, 73, was elected to the position in 2007 and is Kentucky’s only congressional Democrat. He is also said to have played a key role in the crafting of President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar budget bill.
This news broke as Democrats are ramping up efforts to try to rally their majority in the midterm elections which are just over a year away:
“It’s been an incredible journey since my first campaign in 2006 until now,” Yarmuth said. “I will continue to fight for Louisville in Washington for another 15 months, and then, I will retire from Congress.”
The retiring Democrat also released a video to address his retirement. He said in the video that he had never intended to stay in Congress for more than a decade and that he intends to spend more time with his family in the years to come.
The announcement seems to not have been entirely unexpected since it was less than 10 minutes after Yarmuth’s when state Sen. Morgan McGarvey of Kentucky, the top Democrat in the Kentucky Senate, made his own announcement that he planned to run for Yarmuth’s seat. The seat, which hails from the Louisville area which is primarily Democrat, still holds a precarious position as Kentucky is in the process of redistricting.
The Kentucky Democrat’s announcement is one of several high-profile Democrats to tender their resignation announcement, including Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin and Rep. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also said earlier this year that she won’t be running for reelection.