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Top Democratic Congressman Announces Retirement Before 2022 Elections

Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, the chair of the House Budget Committee, announced Tuesday that he will forgo running for re-election.

Yarmuth, first elected in 2007 and the only Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation, has been a central player in helping to craft Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar budget bill.

His retirement comes just over a year before the 2022 midterms, a potentially difficult cycle for Democrats who seek to defend their slim House majority.

“It’s been an incredible journey since my first campaign in 2006 until now,” Yarmuth said. “I will continue to fight for Louisville in Washington for another 15 months, and then, I will retire from Congress.”

In an accompanying video, Yarmuth, 73, said that he never planned to stay in Congress for more than 10 years and that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Less than 10 minutes after Yarmuth’s announcement, state Sen. Morgan McGarvey of Kentucky, the top Democrat in the Kentucky Senate, announced that he will attempt to succeed Yarmuth.

Though Yarmuth’s Louisville seat votes overwhelmingly Democratic, the seat’s political lean could change after Kentucky finishes its redistricting process.

Yarmuth is one of a few high-profile Democrats to announce their retirements this cycle. Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin, whose district voted twice for former President Donald Trump, announced he would not run again, and weeks before him, Rep. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania said the same, opting instead to enter into his state’s open Senate race.

Finally, Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in April that she, too, would forgo re-election.

52 Comments
  • Paul Otts says:

    Just as well. After 2022, the Democrats are going to be in shock from so many of their ilk having been thrown out by the vote!

  • Jim says:

    This guy is so far left that he won’t be missed. He made a statement on a local radio show several years ago that he thought Bernie Sanders had some valid ideas.

  • Julie says:

    Leaving won’t stop him being held accountable for what he has been apart of! Fess up , repent cause your time is coming to an end!

  • SEABEETOM says:

    Good Bye John! Passed time to see you go.

  • John says:

    Another pelosi pawn … good riddance!!!

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