House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) got some more bad news about her Democrat majority on Friday when Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) announced that he will run for the Senate seat of Sen. Pat Toomey in 2022 instead of running for re-election in the House.
Lamb represents the 17th district in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and his seat is subject to redistricting that could benefit Republicans there.
He has been on a targeted list of vulnerable seats since the 2022 election cycle began. He won a narrow victory against Sean Parnell in 2020, and may lose some advantages he enjoyed in that election when a record number of people voted absentee.
Lamb said he was running because he was “frustrated by House-passed legislation that falls flat in the upper chamber.” His main opponent Parnell is also running for Senate and has a good chance of beating Lamb.
Pelosi already has a razor-thin margin in the House, and opening up Lamb’s seat could allow a Republican pick up there.
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