A slim Democratic Party majority weakened further after two more caucus lawmakers decided to retire from Congress in the New Year.
Reps. David Price (D-N.C.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) declared they will not seek reelection in the 2022 midterms.
“I will not seek re-election as representative for North Carolina’s fourth congressional district,” Price said in a statement. “I do so with a profound sense of gratitude to the voters of the fourth district, supporters who have backed me in 18 successive campaigns, and my staff in Washington and the district whose competence and dedication are responsible for the quality of representation and service I have been able to provide.”
His departure means there will be high-profile vacancies on the House Appropriations Committee, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.
“While it is time for me to retire, it is no time to flag in our efforts to secure a ‘more perfect union’ and to protect and expand our democracy,” he said. “I promise in the 15 months remaining, and beyond, to continue fighting for the just and inclusive country we believe in.”
Doyle, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, would like a younger Democrat to take his place.
“The time has come to pass the torch to the next generation, so I have called you here … to announce that I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2022 and plan to retire at the end of my current term,” he said in a statement.
Fox News reported Price and Doyle were easily reelected in their blue-leaning districts in previous years.
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), who chairs the House Budget Committee, also announced plans to retire from federal politics.