Well, it seems that Nancy Pelosi’s kingdom is collapsing…
Two more House Democrats announced Tuesday they won’t seek re-election in November, bringing the party’s total retirements to 28 ahead of what is expected to be a difficult midterm election year.
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) the first quadriplegic elected to Congress, said Tuesday that he would retire after 22 years in office.
Langevin said in an interview with WPRO on Tuesday that serving in the House of Representatives had been “extremely consuming” and that he hoped to pursue “something that keeps me closer to home” and provides for a better work-life balance.
In an op-ed for the Providence Journal, Langevin revealed his plans, “I have not come to this decision lightly, but it is time for me to chart a new course, which will allow me to stay closer to home and spend more time with my family and friends. And while I don’t know what’s next for me just yet, whatever I do will always be in service of Rhode Island.”
And within 10 minutes, Langevin’s announcement was followed by another retirement, Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney of California. That brings the total number of Democrats departing the House next year to 28, compared to 13 Republicans have now announced they will retire or seek another office this year, not counting those who have already left office or passed away since the new Congress began.
I McNerny wrote on Twitter that he was honored to represent California’s 9th Congressional district since 2007 and proud of his accomplishments in Congress.”I will keep working for the people of my district throughout the remainder of my term and look forward to new opportunities to continue to serve,” he wrote.