California Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard announced she will not run for reelection in 2022, Fox News reports.
The long-time congresswoman is choosing to retire as Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) party continues to struggle in the battle to keep power in the House after the midterm elections.
The announcement undoubtedly adds to the challenge Pelosi and Democratic House members face in the 2022 midterms, as it’s clear that Democrats up for reelection are choosing to exit now rather than suffer what is expected to be a monumental, humiliating defeat next year.
“The time has come”
The 80-year-old congresswoman revealed the bombshell news in a Twitter statement.
“After thirty years in the House of Representatives, the time has come for me to spend more time with my family. Therefore, I have decided not to seek reelection,” she said.
Serving my constituents in Congress has been the single most distinguished honor of my life.
Over my many years of public service, I have always strived to do that which is best to help improve my community and my country. 1/3
— Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (@RepRoybalAllard) December 21, 2021
The news adds to growing concerns that Democrats could lose power in the House following the 2022 midterms. Roybal-Allard’s exit makes 23 House Democrats who will not run in the next election due to retirement or running for another office.
Some have suggested her decision was also impacted by the state’s recent redistricting.
California lost a seat for the first time as the nation’s population growth has slowed.
NEW: California’s near-final draft map looks terrific for Dems. All 42 Dem incumbents (except retiring Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D), whose Long Beach seat is folded in w/ LA Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D)’s), get strong seats.
Meanwhile, *five* of 11 GOP seats get more vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/EUAtN2SRsI
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) December 20, 2021
Not really the issue
However, the recently released map shows the issue is not a concern, technically speaking. Democrats have long controlled the state’s power and will retain a map that continues to favor its incumbents.
Pelosi and her party will have a major fight on their hands over the next year as they seek to keep from losing their hold on Congress to push forward President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda, which is already struggling in under one year in office.