Mr Yarmuth, the lone Democrat in his state’s congressional delegation and a leading proponent of President Biden’s domestic agenda, said he does not seek re-election.
WASHINGTON — Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky, the lone Democrat in his state’s congressional delegation and chairman of the House Budget Committee, announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election in 2022.
Mr Yarmuth, who has been leading the way in driving President Biden’s massive domestic agenda through Congress, is the first senior House Democrat to say he will not run in the midterm, when it is widely believed that Republicans have a majority. There is a good chance to get it. .
In a video circulated on social media, Mr Yarmuth, who will be 75 at the end of the current Congress, said he was giving up on “the desire to have more control over my time in my remaining years” and to spend. more time with your family.
But he also faced the prospect that his Louisville-focused district could be redrawn this year, potentially leading to an even more difficult election race. Even if he wins, he will face the loss of his committee chair if the Democrats lose the House.
“I know that on my first day as a private citizen, I will regret this decision, and I will be sad about leaving the most gratifying role of my professional life,” Mr. Yarmuth said in the video. “But I also know that every day after that, I will find other ways to help my fellow citizens, and I will be more confident that the decision I made today is the right one.”
He has held his seat since 2006 and has been the only Democrat in the congressional delegation since 2013.
Mr Yarmuth is one of the most high-ranking Democrats set to leave Congress at the end of 2022, joining a move by rank-and-file lawmakers who have sought to seek a different political office or vacate a district. which may change significantly. Once the state officials redeploy them using the data of the 2020 Census.
“In President John Yarmuth, Louisville has been a fierce and extraordinarily effective champion of the health, financial security and well-being of the community and indeed all Americans,” California President Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. With his retirement, he said, “Congress will lose a highly respected member, and our caucus will lose a friend whose wise advice, expertise, humor and warmth are cherished.”
Heading the budget committee, Mr. Yarmuth helped pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package in March, which he called the proudest moment of his congressional career. He has also drafted a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint, which Democrats will call a summer bill signed by Mr. Biden to address climate change, expand health care and public education programs and raise taxes on businesses and the wealthy. forward to pave the way.