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23 House Dems Not Seeking Re-Election – 4X Number GOP Needs To Win Back Majority

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Another House Democrat is retiring from Congress.

California Democrat Rep. Alan Lowenthal announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022.

The five-term congressman joins more than 20 House Democrats who have announced they will not run in the midterms.

Republicans only need a net gain of 5 seats to win back control of the House.

“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. My first experience in politics was as a teenager working on the campaign of Adlai Stevenson. I have often reflected on him saying that the job of a public servant is to “do justly” and “to walk humbly.” I have tried to live up to this throughout my journey,” he said.

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“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. While I am stepping aside from the front lines of that struggle, I will continue to be at your side, fighting for what is right, for what is just, and for what makes us better as both a people and a nation. It has been a distinct honor and a true privilege to serve you,” he added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanked Lowenthal for “protecting our planet and lifting up his beloved Southern California community.”

Below is a list of the 23 House Democrats who have announced retirement:

1. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.)

2. Filemon Vela (Texas)

3. Cheri Bustos (Ill.)

4. Tim Ryan (Ohio)

5. Charlie Crist (Fla.)

6. Val Demings (Fla.)

7. Conor Lamb (Pa.)

8. Ron Kind (Wis.)

9. Karen Bass (Calif.)

10. John Yarmuth (Ky.)

11. David Price (N.C.)

12. Mike Doyle (Pa.)

13. Anthony Brown (Md.)

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14. Jackie Speier (Calif.)

15. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.)

16. Peter Welch (Vt.)

17. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas)

18. Tom Suozzi (N.Y.)

19. Peter DeFazio (Ore.)

20. Alan Lowenthal (Calif.)

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21. Stephanie Murphy (Fla.)

22. Albio Sires (N.J.)

23. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.)

Three-quarters of senior Capitol Hill aides think Republicans are going to win back control of the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.

Punchbowl News surveyed several senior Capitol Hill aides and reported that a whopping 73 percent think Republicans will take the speaker’s gavel from Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi next November.

A top House Democrat is warning that the Republican Party is in a prime position to take back the lower chamber in the 2022 midterm elections.

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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick, who serves as a congressman from New York, says Democrats would lose their House majority if the midterms were held today.

Tim Persico, executive director of the Maloney-led DCCC, shared data with incumbents showing that several House Democrats are at risk of losing their seats to Republican challengers.

And the once-in-a-decade redistricting process – pegged to the 2020 census – is expected to generally favor Republicans over Democrats.

Donald Trump recently said it would be an “interesting” idea for him to run for a Florida seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022.

Former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy also predicted that Republicans are going to win back control of the House next November.

Gowdy predicted that Biden’s radical agenda will cost Democrats to lose the House next November.

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