Rep. Brenda Lewis Of Michigan Is 25th Democrat To Announce Retirement Before 2022 Midterms

Just yesterday, Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois announced that he will not seek reelection in 2022 and now there is already another.

Rep. Brenda Lewis of Michigan has now announced her retirement, making her the 25th Democrat to do so.

It’s almost a stampede at this point.

Politico reports:

Rep. Brenda Lawrence becomes 25th House Democrat to retire

Rep. Brenda Lawrence announced Tuesday night she would not seek reelection to her Detroit-area district, becoming the 25th House Democrat to retire this cycle.

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The four-term Michigan lawmaker had climbed the ranks of the powerful House Appropriations panel, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus, since arriving in the Capitol in 2015. She also narrowly lost an election for a caucus-wide leadership election two years ago, so her decision to step aside — first reported by the Detroit News — surprised some of her colleagues.

“Today, after reflecting on my journey — and oh, my goodness, what a journey — and having conversations with my family, I am announcing that I will not be seeking reelection to Congress,” Lawrence said in a video to supporters on Tuesday night.

But the former mayor of Southfield, Mich., had raised some suspicion that she wouldn’t run again, after the state’s new congressional map ditched its two majority-minority districts — virtually eliminating her current seat.

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Watch her announcement below:

It really looks like Democrats know a red wave is coming in November.

They would rather retire than get pushed off the stage.

 

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