Two long-serving House Democrats, Reps. David PriceDavid Eugene PriceWho has the guts to resist authoritarian rule? Clay Aiken running again for Congress because North Carolina representatives 'don't represent me' On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood MORE (N.C.) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Hillicon Valley — Biden's misinformation warning Lawmakers call on tech firms to take threat of suicide site seriously, limit its visibility MORE (Pa.), announced Monday that they won't seek reelection next year.
The two retirements come after House Budget Committee Chairman John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOn the Money — Student borrowers stare down rising prices More than 30 million families to lose child tax credit checks starting this weekend On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood MORE (D-Ky.) also announced last week that he won't seek reelection.
Price and Doyle, as well as Yarmuth, represent safe Democratic seats that aren't expected at this point to be competitive in next year's midterm elections.
But the retirement announcements come as Democrats are struggling to enact their domestic legislative agenda in Congress and face an uphill climb to keep their narrow majorities after 2022.
Doyle cited discussions with his wife about "how we want to spend our retirement together now that our family is grown" and redistricting that will likely change his Pittsburgh-based district's boundaries among his reasons for deciding not to seek reelection. Doyle added that he wanted to ensure potential candidates would have enough time to launch their campaigns to succeed him in Congress.
"I believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation," Doyle said in a statement. "This is a good transition time for a new member to start in a newly drawn district."
Price is a senior member of the House Appropriations panel and chairs the subcommittee with oversight of the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. He also chairs the House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission within the House that works with other countries to promote effective legislatures.
“So 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," Price said in a statement.
Both Doyle and Price are among the most senior House Democrats in their respective state delegations. Doyle has served in the House since 1995, while Price has been in office since 1997 as well as from 1987 to 1995.
A large number of retirements among House Democrats could make it even more difficult for the party to retain its majority, since popular incumbents are more likely to win reelection in difficult political environments than less-familiar newcomers.
The period between Labor Day and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is typically the peak time of year for lawmakers to decide to retire from the congressional lifestyle as they spend more time at home with friends and family.
A total of 12 House Democrats have now announced plans not to seek reelection to their current seats. Five are planning to run for other offices, including Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanJD Vance raises more than million in second fundraising quarter for Ohio Senate bid Republicans must join us to give Capitol Police funding certainty On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood MORE (Ohio), Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsFlorida Democrats call on DeSantis to accept federal help to expand COVID-19 testing Democrats look back on Jan. 6 with emotion Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent MORE (Fla.) and Conor Lamb (Pa.) launching campaigns for the Senate.
Four of the House Democrats opting not to run for reelection represent competitive districts that will likely be a challenge for the party to hold in next year's midterm elections: Reps. Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickHispanic Dems aim to expand footprint beyond traditional Latino districts Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout MORE (Ariz.), Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood One year later: A lesson Democrats confront rising retirements as difficult year ends MORE (Ill.), Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaMembers of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Lobbying world Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout MORE (Texas) and Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindDemocrats confront rising retirements as difficult year ends Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout MORE (Wis.). But the makeup of all four districts will likely change during the once-in-a-decade redistricting process.
—Updated at 2:09 p.m.