Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) on Thursday became the 20th Democrat House member to announce that they would not run for re-election, further threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s majority after the midterm elections.
“Just as every journey has a beginning, so too does it have an end. I am announcing today that I will not be running for reelection to Congress in 2022,” Lowenthal said in a statement. “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.”
Lowenthal is 80 and had been in politics for about 30 years, in the House for eight.
He has voted with Pelosi 98% of the time during this House term, ProPublica records showed.
“House Democrats’ retirement crisis has reached fever pitch,” Congressional Leadership Fund communications director Calvin Moore said. “Democrats can’t convince anyone to run again because they know their record of higher prices, higher crime, and higher taxes will be impossible to defend back home.”
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