House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will likely see her party lose its slim majority in the chamber after next year’s midterm elections.
In any case, the Biden administration and Democrats in D.C. will be losing a close ally in Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), who revealed this week that he will not seek re-election to a ninth term in Congress.
“Plenty more to say in the months ahead”
Yarmuth has a significant position in House Democratic leadership as the chair of the House Budget Committee. The panel has been particularly influential in the push to pass an expensive Democratic agenda.
As President Joe Biden continues to struggle in advancing his ambitious spending proposal, the congressman’s announcement on Tuesday could come as a blow to the White House.
Calling his career on Capitol Hill “an incredible journey,” Yarmuth explained that he will “continue to fight for Louisville in Washington” for the remainder of his current term.
Stating in a tweet this week that he would “have plenty more to say in the months ahead,” he attached a video in which he explained that he never intended to remain in Congress as long as he already has.
Although he described the experience as enjoyable and gratifying, the lawmaker concluded that it was time to move on.
“It’s just the right time for me”
Yarmuth, who will soon turn 75, indicated that he will not be seeking another elected office, opting instead to spend more time with his family.
His departure is the latest to threaten the majority party’s control next year. As Politico reported, at least five other House Democrats have already announced that they would exit Congress at the end of the current term and five others signaled that they would seek a different office.
Nevertheless, Yarmuth determined that retiring is in his personal best interest, declaring: “It’s just the right time for me. I want to have more control of whatever time I have left.”
Pelosi praised her legislative partner, calling him a “fierce and extraordinarily effective champion” and asserting that his retirement means the loss of “a friend whose wise counsel, expertise, humor and warmth is cherished.”
With redistricting controlled by Republicans in Kentucky, the Democratic-leaning 3rd congressional district could be broken up, thereby potentially making Louisville more competitive.