At least 14 members of the House of Representatives will not be running for another term next year.
The shift is leading to increased tensions as both parties seek a majority in the House in the 2024 elections.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 26, 2023
As of now, 11 House Democrats and four House Republicans are stepping down and running for a different office. Of the 15, 11 of the representatives are running for the Senate," the Washington Examiner reported.
"Two are running for their state's attorney general position, one is running for governor, and one is leaving to head a university," it added.
— The Hill (@thehill) November 13, 2023
"The announcements ring in a likely season of retirement decisions, as Democrats and Republicans weigh their futures and seek to give their potential successors time to campaign," according to the Hill.
"While some of those leaving their House seats are vying for the Senate or different offices, others are simply getting ready for a life outside politics," it continued.
One potential consequence of this wave of retirements could be an uptick in Republicans who embrace former President Trump's MAGA movement and bring a burn-it-all-down mentality to Washington. https://t.co/RNCJAliJj8
— Joe McLean (@jwmclean) November 26, 2023
"Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-NY) announced on Friday he would not run for his seat again after a damning House Ethics Committee report about his campaign spending," Axios reported last week.
"The report has set off another effort to expel Santos from Congress, which may actually succeed if he doesn't resign first," it noted.
In addition to the House, seven senators are not planning to run for reelection. The number includes Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) whose departure will likely help put the state's popular Republican Gov. Jim Justice, who is running for the seat, in the position after the next election.
The volatile political cycle will likely be close in both the House and the Senate, with both parties pushing for any advantage. Some are predicting both chambers will flip, with Republicans winning a majority in the Senate while losing their majority in the House, based on current polling.
The elections will be especially important during the presidential election year, with a potential rematch shaping up between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.