Nancy Pelosi’s tiny majority in the House of Representatives keeps getting smaller.
Over a dozen Democrats have already announced their retirements ahead of the 2022 midterm elections and now there is another one.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California just announced he will not be running for reelection.
Rep. Alan Lowenthal won’t seek reelection in 2022
Rep. Alan Lowenthal will not run for reelection, adding to a generational changing of the guard in California politics.
The Long Beach Democrat said in a statement that he would not seek a sixth term in Congress, choosing instead to “pass the baton” and spend time with family.
The impact: Lowenthal’s current seat is safely Democratic and will likely remain so even under new lines, though the latest iteration from the state’s independent redistricting commission eliminated one Southern California seat to account for slower population growth.
The 80-year-old Lowenthal is the fourth California House incumbent this year to announce he will not be running in 2022. Rep. Jackie Speier is not seeking reelection, Rep. Karen Bass is running for mayor of Los Angeles and Rep. Devin Nunes will resign at the end of this year to run former President Donald Trump’s new media company.
Lowenthal is actually the 20th House Democrat to step aside.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 16, 2021
After serving the 47th District of California for almost 10 years in Washington, D.C., I have decided not to run for reelection to Congress in 2022. Read my full statement to my constituents: https://t.co/jZm8VdXvz7
— Rep. Alan Lowenthal (@RepLowenthal) December 16, 2021
80-year-old Democratic Rep. Alan Lowenthal is retiring. "After a decade in the House, Congressman Lowenthal’s passion and intellect will be deeply missed by our Caucus and the Congress," Pelosi says: pic.twitter.com/T4q9ayCpXl
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) December 16, 2021
Every Democrat that retires increases the chances of Republicans retaking the House next year.