California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier announced on Tuesday that she will not run for reelection in 2022, adding herself to a growing list of Democrats exiting Congress next year.
Speier shared the announcement in a video on Twitter Tuesday.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) November 16, 2021
“Forty-three years ago this week, I was lying on an airstrip in the jungles of Guyana with five bullet holes in my body,” Speier said. “I vowed that if I survived, I would dedicate my life to public service.”
“It has been a remarkable journey that has surpassed my wildest dreams. Today, I’m announcing that I will not be a candidate for reelection to Congress in 2022,” she added.
The announcement comes just one day after Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy announced he would retire in 2022.
Democrats currently lead by eight seats in the House. Many seats will be vulnerable to the GOP under new redistricting and the retirement of multiple Democrats.
The evenly divided Senate will also offer opportunities for Republicans to take back power after losing the majority in January following a Georgia special election.
The growing red wave may grow even more as opportunities open to allow Republicans to increase strength over Democrat gains in 2020.