Lowenthal becomes latest House Democrat to not seek reelection

Rep. Alan LowenthalAlan Stuart LowenthalBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Buttigieg touts supply achievements at ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach MORE (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that he will retire from Congress, making him the 20th House Democrat not running for reelection in next year's midterm elections.

Lowenthal, 80, said that he wants to spend more time with family after serving in the House since 2013.

"It is time to pass the baton. It is time to rest and surround myself with the benefits of a life well lived and earned honorably in the service of my fellow citizens," Lowenthal said in a statement.

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Lowenthal is the latest in a growing list of House Democrats heading for the exits ahead of next year's midterm elections, which are expected to be a challenging year for the party amid decennial redistricting and President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion The Fed has a clear mandate to mitigate climate risks Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE's sagging approval ratings.

Republicans only need to flip five seats to win the House majority and just one for the Senate.

Lowenthal represents a safe Democratic district based in Long Beach, but its lines are expected to be redrawn as the California redistricting commission finalizes a new congressional map.

Aside from Lowenthal, 19 other House Democrats aren't running for reelection next year. Eight are running for other offices, including Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 JD Vance raises more than million in second fundraising quarter for Ohio Senate bid Republicans must join us to give Capitol Police funding certainty  MORE (Ohio), Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Florida Democrats call on DeSantis to accept federal help to expand COVID-19 testing Democrats look back on Jan. 6 with emotion MORE (Fla.), Conor Lamb (Pa.) and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Former US attorney considering Senate run in Vermont as Republican Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (Vt.) for the Senate.

A total of 13 House Republicans, meanwhile, have also announced they won't seek reelection. Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Florida Rep. Cherfilus-McCormick sworn in as newest House member GOP lawmaker adheres to term limit pledge, won't run for reelection MORE (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, is resigning at the end of this month to become the CEO of former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death MORE's new media company.

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Additional retirement announcements are likely in the coming weeks as members of Congress spend time at home over the holidays.

Republicans, bullish on their chances of winning the House majority, cited the latest House Democratic retirement as another sign that the political winds are blowing in their direction.

“Democrats have a full-blown retirement crisis on their hand[s] because voters are rejecting their agenda of higher prices, higher crime, and open borders," said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesperson Torunn Sinclair.

During his time in the House, Lowenthal has been known for his work on environmental issues through his seats on the Natural Resources and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, as well as LGBTQ rights.

Lowenthal became the first member of Congress to permanently display the rainbow LGBTQ pride flag outside of his office in 2013.

But Lowenthal has faced some pushback for displaying the flag. In 2017, a man removed the flag from its holder outside his office, stomped on it, and called it "disgusting and immoral." The same year, a man filed a lawsuit against Lowenthal and three other House Democrats who also displayed a Pride flag outside their offices. A judge ultimately dismissed the lawsuit for lack of standing.