Three House Democrats announced their retirement from Congress after the current term within a 24-hour period, leaving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at risk of losing her role as speaker and her party in danger of losing power in the 2022 midterms.
The House members included New Jersey’s Albio Sires, Florida’s Stephanie Murphy and California’s Lucille Roybal-Allard.
BREAKING: Rep. Albio Sires will not seek re-election to Congress in 2022. Robert J. Menendez, the son of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, is the top candidate to succeed him in #NJ8. https://t.co/qpCf9KBFsA
— David Wildstein (@wildstein) December 20, 2021
Murphy is a member of the Jan. 6 House select committee. Despite her claim that she is not leaving due to fear of loss after her district’s redistricting, she faced a strong chance of losing in 2022 as Florida’s conservative voters increase.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Florida Democrat and member of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack, says she won’t seek reelectionhttps://t.co/BpzEsR5L0d
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 20, 2021
Roybal-Allard announced her coming retirement on Twitter. Her district is the most likely to remain blue in the heavily Democrat district.
Serving my constituents in Congress has been the single most distinguished honor of my life.
Over my many years of public service, I have always strived to do that which is best to help improve my community and my country. 1/3
— Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (@RepRoybalAllard) December 21, 2021
The three departures raise more concerns than answers as 2022 continues to shape up as a conservative comeback in the House.