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After more than 15 years in Congress, Representative John Yarmuth, D-Ky. announced on Tuesday that he would retire at the end of his term in 2023, but the seat is likely to remain in Democratic hands.

Yarmuth, who turned 74 in November and serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee, announced his retirement in a video shared on Twitter on Tuesday.


“At the time, I wanted to stifle Bush’s agenda by helping Democrats take control of the House of Representatives,” Yarmuth said in the video about coming to Congress in 2006.

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Yarmuth’s announcement comes as Democrats struggle to maintain their slim majority in the House and several other party members have also recently announced plans to retire.

But while both Democrats and Republicans in the state have currently expressed interest in running for the seat of Yarmuth, it is likely to remain a bastion of the Left. The area is a Democrat-leaning urban district that includes most of the Louisville metro area, and state Republicans said they have no intention of splitting It has been divided into three parts for fear that the move would benefit Democrats.

Kentucky’s congressional delegation, which includes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, mostly opposes the division. According to Representative Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., McConnell, who lives in Louisville, believes the city “own unit“And Congress deserves to be its own member.

Moments after the announcement of Yermuth, Kentucky’s top Democrat in the state legislature, Morgan McGarvey, announced He will jump into the race with State Representative Attika Scott, among others.

Scott, a progressive in the State House, entered the race in July, giving Yarmuth a challenge ahead of his announcement. As reported by Louisville courier journalScott has called for decriminalizing marijuana, ending qualified immunity from civil lawsuits for police officers, and ending the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

The Republican Party of Kentucky suggested that Yarmuth retire because he would soon be in a minority.

“Chairman Yermuth’s announcement shows that Democrats realize they are very unlikely to retain control of the US House of Representatives,” said Mack Brown, president of the Republican Party of Kentucky. “We look forward to playing our part to help Nancy Pelosi retire as speaker in 2022.”

According to the congressman, his retirement will be spent with his family, and he said his last 15 months in office will be spent trying to get the US rescue plan passed.

Yarmuth said, “After every election, I was asked how long I wanted to serve, and I never had an answer. Today, I do. This term will be my last.”

Other congressional Democrats who plan to retire soon include Rep. Philemon Vela of Texas, Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Cheri Bustos of Illinois and Ron Kind of Wisconsin.