The list of Democrats retiring before the 2022 midterms just got a little bit longer.
Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York has announced that she is retiring and will not seek reelection.
This brings the number of retiring Democrats to thirty.
FOX News reports:
House Democrats exit list grows to 30 as longtime Rep. Kathleen Rice announces retirement
Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York, a four-term lawmaker and veteran prosecutor, announced on Tuesday that she won’t seek re-election in November.
Rice becomes the 30th Democrat in the House of Representatives to announce this cycle that they’ll retire after their current term or seek another office in the midterm elections when the Democrats will try to hold onto their razor-thin House majority.
“I have always believed that holding political office is neither destiny nor a right. As elected officials, we must give all we have and then know when it is time to allow others to serve,” Rice, who represents New York’s 4th Congressional District, explained in a statement announcing her retirement.
The former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia who later served as Nassau County district attorney was first elected to Congress in 2014, succeeding fellow Democrat Carolyn McCarthy. She was re-elected in 2016, 2018 and 2020 by double digits in district that covers central and southern Nassau County on New York’s Long Island.
How many more Democrats will run for the exits before the midterms?
As I turn to the next chapter of my own personal and professional story, I do so with profound thanks to the community leaders, colleagues and staff who have lived our shared commitment to service with courage and humility. pic.twitter.com/GBVvtrWpia
— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) February 15, 2022
BREAKING: Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York has announced she will not run again this year. She is the 30th House Democrat who is not running for re-election.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) February 15, 2022
It’s like a stampede.