January 29, 2022

Two more resignations from the House bring the Democratic seats lost up to 23

Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) and Albio Sires (D-NJ) have joined 21 of their Democratic colleagues in announcing that they will not run for reelection in 2022. 

The New York Post reported that the pair are the most recent in a long string of Democrats in the House of Representatives who are either leaving politics or seeking other positions for their political careers. 

“After thirty years in the House of Representatives, the time has come for me to spend more time with my family,” Roybal-Allard said on TwitterMonday night.

“Serving my constituents in Congress has been the single most distinguished honor of my life,” she wrote. “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.”

Sires, who is the former mayor of West New York, said on Tuesday evening that he would not seek reelection in a statement issued to his constituents where he outlined some of his accomplishments while in office:

“I consider the recent passing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the billions of dollars we are delivering to fix New Jersey’s infrastructure, including the Gateway Project, as the capstone to a career of service,” Sires said. 

The New Jersey Globe reported Sires’ retirement on Sunday evening, saying that his safe Democratic district that includes parts of Newark, Jersey City and Elizabeth could go to Robert J. Menendez, the son of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

These were just the most recent announcement, which was proceeded on Monday by Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla), who announced she’ll be giving up her congressional seat in the upcoming election. 

“House Democrats’ nightmare before Christmas just keeps getting worse,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Mike Berg said in a statement. “Nobody wants to run as a Democrat because they know voters are rejecting their push for defunding police, higher taxes, and open borders.”

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