Longtime Democratic Rep. Grace Napolitano announces retirement

 July 9, 2023

Longtime California Democratic Rep. Grace Napolitano has announced that she will retire after a quarter century in office. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Napolitano put out a statement on Saturday in which the congresswoman spoke of being "incredibly grateful" to her constituents.

Congresswoman will leave at the end of her term

"For 25 years in the United States Congress, I have represented the city of La Puente. This is the only city I have represented for all of those years," she declared.

"That is why it is fitting that I here today announce that at the end of this term in 2024, I will be retiring from the United States Congress," Napolitano explained.

"I am proud of the work we have done together that has improved this community," she said before touting her work on the House Transportation Committee.

"We have built both ends of the Gold Line, connecting the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles to the rest of Los Angeles County," Napolitano boasted.

Warm words for husband and children

"We have dramatically improved bus service with new and safer natural gas, electric, and fuel cell buses for Foothill Transit, LA Metro, and our local transit agencies," the congresswoman added.

As she drew to a close, Napolitano hailed her husband as "my closest advisor, and my greatest encouragement" while calling her children "my biggest defenders."

The Examiner noted that House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries issued a statement of his own that read, "Congresswoman Grace Napolitano is a trailblazer and a tremendous leader in our Caucus."

"Congresswoman Napolitano has left a remarkable legacy on both the San Gabriel Valley and the Congress and we wish her and her family the best as she prepares for this next chapter," he stressed.

From city council to Congress

The Examiner pointed out how Napolitano represents California's 31st congressional district, a deep blue area that is almost certain to elect another Democratic representative.

Federal Election Commission records show that three individuals are running to fill her seat: Democratic state Sen. Bob Archuleta, Citrus Community College Trustee Mary Ann Lutz, and Baldwin Park Planning Commissioner Ricardo Vazques.

The Los Angeles Times recalled how Napolitano, who was born in Texas, got elected to the city council of Norwalk, California in 1986 and then to a seat in the state legislature six years later before finally becoming a congresswoman in 1998.

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