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 October 31, 2023

Rep. Earl Blumenauer announces he will not seek reelection to 15th term

Congress has its fair share of politicians who have served in their elected positions for decades, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is one.

According to The Hill, the Oregon Democrat -- who has been in Congress for 27 years -- announced he will not seek reelection after serving a total of 14 terms in the House of Representatives as a rep of Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District.

The 75-year-old Democrat made the announcement Monday, calling it a "difficult decision."

"I’m proud of the progress we’ve made. From enacting the largest climate and infrastructure investments in American history, helping 100,000 restaurants survive the COVID-19 crisis expanding heath care coverage for millions and making cannabis reform a mainstream position in American politics," the lawmaker said in a statement.

"From my first minutes on Capitol Hill I have worked to promote a more civil and functioning Congress," Blumenauer added.

He continued, "From transit benefits for House employees to the creation of a staff gym and a hand delivered letter to every new member of Congress, I’ve tried to make the Capitol Hill community more livable.”

The Hill added:

Blumenauer, 75, was elected to the U.S. House in a special election in 1996 to fill the seat of Democrat Ron Wyden, who left the lower chamber for his current seat in the Senate.

Democrats likely have little worry about his seat falling into red hands, as the district is reliably blue. Blumenauer defeated a Republican opponent handily last election.

The aging Democrat secured several committee spots, and is "a member of the Ways and Means Committee, ranking member of the subcommittee on Trade and a member of the subcommittee on Health."

His term will officially end in January 2025 and notably, he signaled that he would not endorse anyone to take his seat.

Social media users reacted to the announcement, with many implying that he must not have had any significant accomplishments if he's been in Congress for nearly 30 years with little to no name recognition.

"Wow, been in congress for almost 3 decades, and this first time I’ve heard of him," one X user wrote.

It'll be interesting to see who ends up with his seat, given how radically progressive much of Oregon has become in recent years. Only time will tell.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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