January 26, 2022

Democrat Representative Alan Lowenthal retiring from House of Representatives

Five-term Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) announced that he will retire from the House of Representatives in 2022, according to a report in Fox News.

The publication reported that the California Democrat will be retiring after ten years in the House and that came after 20 years in state government. 

Lowenthal became roughly the 20th Democrat to announce his retirement from the Democratic-controlled House, which is in stark contrast to the 12 House Republicans who are retiring or moving to another office next year. 

“It is time to pass the baton. It is time to rest and surround myself with the benefits of a life well-lived and earned honorably in the service of my fellow citizens,” the 80-year-old Lowenthal explained in a statement announcing his retirement.

Lowenthal was elected to city council in 1992, where he served for six years, and then spent another six years representing the Long Beach area in the California State Assembly, and another six in the state Senate before being elected to Congress in 2012. 

“Almost 30 years ago to the day, I made the decision to run for the Long Beach City Council because I felt that my councilmember didn’t listen to me or my neighbors,” Lowenthal noted. “Every day since, over three decades of public service, I have recommitted myself to listening to you, to serving your interests, and doing my best for you.”

However, Lowenthal isn’t the only Golden State Democrat to weigh in on the retirement, despite his departure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had much praise for Lowenthal saying he is “protecting our planet and lifting up his beloved southern California community.”

“Over the course of his long career in public service, Congressman Lowenthal has been a preeminent champion for the environment. In helping transform the port of Long Beach into one of the cleanest and busiest in the world, he proved that environmental protection and economic growth go hand-in-hand,” Pelosi highlighted. 

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