New totals indicated 30 Democrats will not seek election to Congress in the upcoming midterm elections.
The latest to join the exiting crowds is Democrat Represepentive Kathleen Rice of New York.
“I have always believed that holding political office is neither destiny nor a right,” she said in her Feb. 15 announcement. “As elected officials, we must give all we have and then know when it is time to allow others to serve.”
Rice, who was a Republican until 2005, did not give any further details about her decision to leave Congress.
According to a spokesperson for the National Republican Campaign Committee, Rice joins 29 other Democrats who have made similar announcements. In contrast, 14 Republicans do not plan to seek re-election to Congress.
Kathleen Rice is now number 3️⃣0️⃣
This is the most Dem retirements since 1992.
— Michael McAdams (@M_McAdams) February 15, 2022
Three representatives from Florida — Charlie Crist, Val Demings, and Stephanie Murphy — announced in 2021 that they would leave their offices. Demings is running for election to the U.S. Senate.
Democrat Illinois Representatives Bobby Rush and Cheri Bustos will not seek another term in office, nor will Illinois Republican representative Adam Kinzinger.
North Carolina’s David Price, an 81-year-old Congressman, announced he would retire after this term. Representative G.K. Butterfield, also of North Carolina, has said he will leave in January of 2023 as well.
California Representative Karen Bass will leave Congress in hopes of taking over as mayor of Los Angeles. Four other representatives from California — Alan Lowenthal, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Jerry McNearney, and Jackie Spencer, who co-chairs the Democratic Women’s Caucus — will also refrain from seeking re-election this year.
In addition to the vacated seats in the House, Democrats may also be unable to replace seats they currently hold in the Senate.
Six Democrat senators have announced their plans to leave office after their current term. The list includes North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.
With the 30th confirmed Congressional incumbent leaving, the Democrat Party is losing at least a total of 36 elected officials.
This is the greatest number of representatives from the party not seeking reelection in a decade. In 2012, 29 incumbent Democrats did not seek reelection — 6 from the Senate and 23 from the House. The current total is three times higher than the number of incumbent departures in 2020, when a total of 10 Democrats did not seek re-election.