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These House lawmakers aren't seeking reelection in 2022

These House lawmakers aren't seeking reelection in 2022
© Greg Nash

A half-dozen House lawmakers have announced this year that they won't seek reelection in 2022.

The announcements come after several GOP senators said they're retiring from Congress at the end of next year.

The moves are sending both sides scrambling ahead of the midterm elections, when Democrats will try to defend their razor-thin majorities and Republicans will attempt to win back control of the House and Senate.

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Here are the six House members who have announced they will not run for reelection next year. This list will be updated as necessary.


Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyGAO report finds maternal mortality rates higher in rural, underserved areas Republicans attack Biden agenda after disappointing jobs report Bad jobs report amplifies GOP cries to end 0 benefits boost MORE (R-Texas)

Brady announced on April 14 that he would not seek reelection to his House seat that he has held for more than two decades.

"This term, my 13th, will be the last," he said at the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Conference.

Brady won his November election with almost 73 percent of the vote.


Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms Democrat Cheri Bustos to retire from Congress GOP campaign chief confident his party will win back House MORE (D-Ill.)
 

Bustos, the former chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), announced April 30 that she would not run for reelection.

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“Today, I’m announcing I will not seek reelection after completing this term,” Bustos said in a video statement. “It will be a new decade, and I feel it’s time for a new voice.”

Bustos won a close reelection race in November, winning 52 percent of the vote against her Republican challenger.


Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceGOP downplays Jan. 6 violence: Like a 'normal tourist visit' GOP's Gosar defends Jan. 6 rioter, says she was 'executed' Atlanta Democrat announces bid for Georgia secretary of state MORE (R-Ga.)

Hice said on March 22 that he plans to challenge Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) instead of running for a fifth term in the House.

“Every Georgian, in fact, every American has the right to be outraged by the actions and, simultaneously, the inaction of our Secretary of State,” Hice said in a statement. “Our state deserves a leader who steers clear of scandals and focuses on the incredibly important duties of the office.”

Hice won with 62 percent of the vote in November.


Rep. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms Surgeon who treated Gabby Giffords after shooting launches House bid in Arizona These House lawmakers aren't seeking reelection in 2022 MORE (D-Ariz.)

Kirkpatrick announced on March 12 that she would not run for a sixth term, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family.

"It's time to pass along the torch, the baton, and let somebody else take over," she told the Arizona Republic. "Plus, quite honestly, there's a personal interest. I have three grandsons. ... We would just like to be available to them, spend more time with them."

Kirkpatrick won with 55 percent of the vote last year.


Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedLawmakers brace for battles with colleagues as redistricting kicks off Hundreds of businesses sign on to support LGBTQ rights legislation House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations MORE (R-N.Y.)

Reed, who was previously considering a run for governor, said on March 21 that he would not seek public office of any kind next year following an accusation of sexual misconduct from a former lobbyist. 

“Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I am sorry, and I take full responsibility,” he said in a statement.

Reed, who won with almost 58 percent of the vote in 2020, added that he would spend time dedicated to "making amends for my past actions."


Rep. Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaDemocrats confront difficult prospects for midterms The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes These House lawmakers aren't seeking reelection in 2022 MORE (D-Texas)

Vela announced on March 22 that he will not seek reelection to represent his Texas district along the southern border.

"I will not be seeking reelection to the House of Representatives in 2022," Vela, who has served since 2013, said in a statement. "I will continue to focus on maintaining a Democratic House and Senate Majority in my capacity as a member of Congress and Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, while working diligently for the people I am so grateful to represent."

Vela won reelection last year with 55 percent of the vote.