Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022

Dozens of lawmakers have announced they won’t seek reelection in 2022, in what’s expected to be a tough year for Democrats trying to keep their narrow majorities in both chambers of Congress.

Several House members are seeking other offices, such as in the Senate or their state’s governorships. But other lawmakers are citing decennial redistricting and the increasingly toxic environment in Congress in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as they head for the exits.

Republicans only need to flip five seats to win the House majority in the 2022 midterms.

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So far, 28 House Democrats have indicated they aren’t running for reelection, along with 14 House Republicans.

Across the Capitol, just six senators have said they aren’t running for reelection in 2022: Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrPelosi says she's open to stock trading ban for Congress Momentum builds to prohibit lawmakers from trading stocks Public health expert: Biden administration needs to have agencies on the 'same page' about COVID MORE (R-N.C.), Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyMeet Washington's most ineffective senator: Joe Manchin Black women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal MORE (R-Pa.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanLawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine Biden huddles with group of senators on Ukraine-Russia tensions Overnight Defense & National Security — Texas hostage situation rattles nation MORE (R-Ohio), Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyNegotiators report progress toward 2022 spending deal Johnson, Thune signal GOP's rising confidence Alabama GOP gears up for fierce Senate primary clash MORE (R-Ala.), Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSwalwell slams House Republican for touting funding in bill she voted down Johnson, Thune signal GOP's rising confidence Senate Minority Whip Thune, close McConnell ally, to run for reelection MORE (R-Mo.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Former US attorney considering Senate run in Vermont as Republican The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sen. Kaine, drivers stranded in I-95 backup MORE (D-Vt.).

Here’s a running list of which lawmakers won’t be seeking reelection.

 

DEMOCRATS

 

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1. 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.)

Kirkpatrick, 71, announced in March 2021 that she wouldn’t seek another term representing her Tucson-area seat. Kirkpatrick told The Arizona Republic that she is "sort of term-limiting myself" and wanted to spend more time with family. She had taken a leave of absence from the House the year before to recover from alcoholism, but denied that played a role in her decision.

2. 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)

Vela, 58, said in March 2021 that he won’t seek reelection after serving in the House since 2013. Vela's district had been considered a Democratic stronghold, but it has been increasingly targeted by Republicans. It had swung at the presidential level from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE carrying it by 22 points in 2016 to President BidenJoe BidenPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Vilsack accuses China of breaking commitments in Trump-era trade deal MORE winning by 4 points. Vela himself won reelection in 2020 by 14 points. The redistricting process further gave Republicans an opportunity to redraw the district along the U.S.-Mexico border so that it could be more competitive.

3. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosSwalwell slams House Republican for touting funding in bill she voted down To boost economy and midterm outlook, Democrats must pass clean energy bill On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood MORE (Ill.)

Bustos, 60, announced in April 2021 that she will retire from Congress, after leading the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2020 election cycle where Republicans ultimately gained seats. Bustos herself only narrowly won reelection by about 4 points in a competitive district that former President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE had carried. By contrast, Bustos had won reelection in 2018 by nearly 25 points.

4. 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)

Ryan, 48, formally launched a campaign in April 2021 to run for the open Senate seat that will be vacated by Portman’s retirement. Ryan was first elected to the House in 2002 and currently chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over legislative branch spending, where he has made efforts to investigate the Capitol Police’s handling of Jan. 6.

5. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristProtecting seniors from guardianship fraud and abuse DeSantis proposes Florida redistricting map Florida Democrats call on DeSantis to accept federal help to expand COVID-19 testing MORE (Fla.)

Crist, 65, announced in May 2021 that he is running to serve again as Florida governor, marking his third gubernatorial run since 2006. The Republican-turned-Democrat was first elected to the House in 2016.

6. 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.)

Demings, 64, launched her campaign to challenge Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine I'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE (R-Fla.) in June 2021. Demings, a former Orlando police chief, has become a rising star in the Democratic Party. She was on President Biden's shortlist of potential running mates in 2020 and later served as one of the House prosecutors during Trump's impeachment trial after Jan. 6.

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7. Conor Lamb (Pa.)

Lamb, 37, announced in August 2021 that he is running for the open Senate seat in his state. Lamb had only narrowly defeated his GOP challenger by just over 2 points in 2020, after he won a special election in 2018 to represent a district that had been held by a Republican.

8. Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindRedistricting reform key to achieving the bipartisanship Americans claim to want Democrats confront rising retirements as difficult year ends Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (Wis.)

Kind, 58, one of only seven Democrats representing a district carried by Trump in 2020, said in August 2021 that he wouldn't seek reelection. He only narrowly won reelection with 51 percent of the vote in 2020, compared to when he won reelection by nearly 20 points in 2018.

9. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (Calif.)

Bass, 68, a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, launched her campaign for Los Angeles mayor in September 2021.

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10. 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 (Ky.)

Yarmuth, 74, the House Budget Committee chairman who was closely involved in Democrats’ crafting of the social spending package, announced in October 2021 that he will retire after serving in the chamber since 2007.

11. 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.)

Price, 81, who has been in office since 1997 as well as from 1987 to 1995, announced in October 2021 that he won't seek another term. He currently chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee with oversight of the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

12. 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.)

Doyle, 68, said in October 2021 that after serving in the House since 1995, "I believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation." He 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.

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13. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownFormer Maryland rep announces bid for old House seat FBI informant who reported abuse in LA jails getting M payout Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent MORE (Md.)

Brown, 60, who has served in the House since 2017, launched a campaign in October 2021 to serve as Maryland attorney general.

14. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Democrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit MORE (Calif.)

Speier, 71, a co-chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, announced in November 2021 that she won’t seek reelection after serving in the House since 2008. “It’s time for me to come home," Speier said in a video announcing her decision. "Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother and friend.”

15. G.K. ButterfieldGeorge (G.K.) Kenneth ButterfieldDemocrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Democrats confront rising retirements as difficult year ends Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (N.C.)

Butterfield, 74, who has served in the House since 2004, cited a "racially gerrymandered" map drawn by North Carolina's GOP-led legislature as a factor in his decision in November 2021 not to run for reelection.

16. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchFormer US attorney considering Senate run in Vermont as Republican Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Lowenthal becomes latest House Democrat to not seek reelection MORE (Vt.)

Following Leahy’s retirement announcement, Welch, 74, launched a campaign in November 2021 to succeed him. Welch has represented the state in the House since 2007.

17. Eddie Bernice JohnsonEddie Bernice JohnsonMembers of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Democrats press drillers for methane leak data Eddie Bernice Johnson endorses Texas lawmaker for her House seat MORE (Texas)

Johnson, 86, the first Black woman to chair the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, announced in November 2021 that she wouldn’t seek reelection after serving in Congress since 1993.

18. Tom Suozzi (N.Y.)

Suozzi, 59, launched a campaign for New York governor in November 2021 as a “common sense Democrat.” Suozzi's Long Island-based district backed Biden by 10 points in 2020, but Democrats have faced surprising losses in local elections in the region in 2021.

19. Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioTop Democrats call on AT&T and Verizon to delay 5G rollouts near airports On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Democrats confront rising retirements as difficult year ends MORE (Ore.)

The 74-year-old chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure announced in December 2021 that his 18th term in Congress would be his last. DeFazio's district had become more competitive in recent years, but redrawn lines approved by state lawmakers that made it more safely Democratic led him to feel more comfortable retiring. DeFazio said that "I would have felt more obligation to run again" if his district had remained as much of a potential swing seat after redistricting, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

20. 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 (Calif.)

Lowenthal, 80, said in December 2021 that he wants to spend more time with family after serving in the House since 2013. He has represented a safe Democratic district based in Long Beach, but as of his retirement announcement California had yet to finalize its new congressional map.

21. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Florida Democrats call on DeSantis to accept federal help to expand COVID-19 testing MORE (Fla.)

Murphy, 43, an influential leader of the Blue Dog Coalition and first Vietnamese American woman elected to Congress, announced in December 2021 that she wouldn’t run again after originally unseating a longtime GOP incumbent in 2016. Murphy said she wanted to spend more time with her family but didn’t rule out another future role in public service. "Several years ago, I departed public service by leaving the Pentagon and moving to Central Florida to start my family. I knew then I wasn’t done with public service, just as I know now I am not done with public service,” she said in her video announcement.

22. Albio SiresAlbio B. SiresDemocrats confront rising retirements as difficult year ends Biden setbacks rattle Democrats facing tough elections Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (N.J.)

Sires, who has served in the House since 2006, announced in December 2021 that he won't be seeking reelection. He said in his retirement announcement that he considers the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill as "the capstone to a career of service."

23. Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood MORE (Calif.)

The Hill first reported in December 2021 that Roybal-Allard, 80, the chairwoman of a House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing immigration issues, is not planning to seek reelection. Roybal-Allard told the Los Angeles Times in November that she was unhappy with the state redistricting commission's proposed map out of concerns it doesn't ensure adequate Hispanic representation.

 

24. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Chicago alderman announces bid for Rep. Bobby Rush's seat MORE (D-Ill.)

Rush, a 75-year-old former Black Panther, has served in Congress since 1993. He told the Chicago Sun-Times on Jan. 3 that he made the decision to retire after a conversation with his grandson. “I want them to know me on an intimate level, know something about me, and I want to know something about them. I don’t want to be a historical figure to my grandchildren,” he said. 

25. Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceHouse Democrats inquire about possible census undercount in Detroit, other communities Hillicon Valley — YouTube takes some heat Michigan Democrat to introduce plan to create 'digital literacy' commission MORE (D-Mich.)

Lawrence, a leader of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, announced Jan. 4 that her eighth year in Congress would be her last. “As we have a new redistricting map, a new generation of leaders will step up. We need to make sure our elected officials, in Michigan and across this country, look like our communities. It is not lost on me that I’m currently the only Black member of the Michigan Congressional Delegation—in both the U.S. House and Senate,” Lawrence said. 

26. Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterCO lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate police's knowledge about alleged shooter The Hill's 12:30 Report: 2021 ends with 40-year inflation high On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood MORE (Colo.)

Perlmutter announced Jan. 10 that he will not run for reelection after serving in the House since 2007. He acknowledged that "the numbers are slightly tighter" in his newly drawn district, but predicted "we will win." "I've never shied away from a challenge but it's time for me to move on and explore other opportunities. There comes a time when you pass the torch to the next generation of leaders," Perlmutter said in his announcement.

27. Jim LangevinJames (Jim) R. LangevinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection Hillicon Valley — Cybersecurity's breakout year MORE (R.I.)

Langevin, the first quadriplegic to serve in the House, said in his retirement announcement that "time for me to chart a new course, which I hope will keep me closer to home and allow me to spend more time with family and friends." "After serving the people of Rhode Island for over 36 years, including 11 terms and nearly 22 years in Congress, today I'm announcing that I will not be a candidate for elected office this November," Langevin said.

28. Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (Calif.)

McNerney, who has served in the House since 2007, said he would not seek reelection to a district with redrawn boundaries. His departure provides an opening for Rep. Josh Harder (D-Calif.) to run in the new district instead. "I am honored that the citizens of California’s 9th Congressional District chose me as their representative in the past five elections, and that those in California’s previous 11th Congressional District gave me the privilege of representing them for three terms," McNerney said.

 

REPUBLICANS

 

1. Tom ReedTom ReedOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood In their own words: Lawmakers, staffers remember Jan. 6 insurrection Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (N.Y.)

Reed, 50, announced in March 2021 that he would not run for reelection after he was accused of sexual misconduct years before. He also stepped down as co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. Reed apologized to his family and to the woman who accused him of misconduct, and said he planned "to dedicate my time and attention to making amends for my past actions."

2. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HicePerdue proposes election police force in Georgia Secretary of state races come under red-hot focus Watchdog finds fundraising spikes for Ga., Mich., Minn. secretary of state candidates MORE (Ga.)

Hice, 61, launched a primary challenge in March 2021 to unseat Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who defied Trump's demand to "find" enough votes to overturn the state's presidential election results in 2020. Trump has endorsed Hice, who has echoed the former president's false claims of election irregularities.

3. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksJudge questions Trump's claim of 'absolute immunity' in Jan. 6 lawsuits Alabama GOP gears up for fierce Senate primary clash Democratic super PAC ties Trump allies to Jan. 6 in new ad campaign MORE (Ala.)

Brooks, 67, is running for the open Senate seat that Shelby is vacating. Brooks, who has served in the House since 2011, led the effort in that chamber to challenge the presidential election results on Jan. 6.

4. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinHochul raises .6 million since launching gubernatorial campaign Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Rudy Giuliani becomes grandfather after son welcomes child MORE (N.Y.)

Zeldin, 41, who has represented a Long Island-based district since 2015, announced in April 2021 that he would run for New York governor.

5. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Trump war with GOP seeps into midterms MORE (Texas)

Brady, 66, is term-limited as the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee under internal GOP conference rules and announced in April 2021 that he wouldn’t run for reelection. He previously served as the committee's chairman from 2015 to 2019, including while Republicans enacted their 2017 tax overhaul during the Trump administration.

6. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversGOP lawmaker adheres to term limit pledge, won't run for reelection Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Republican Mike Carey wins special election for Ohio House seat MORE (Ohio)

Stivers, 56, resigned from the House in May 2021 to take a job leading the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as chairman of the House GOP campaign arm in the 2018 cycle, in which the party lost control of the chamber.

7. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddDemocratic super PAC ties Trump allies to Jan. 6 in new ad campaign The 10 races that will decide the Senate majority Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (N.C.)

Budd, 50, who has served in the House since 2017, announced in April 2021 that he is running for the Senate. 

8. Vicky HartzlerVicky Jo HartzlerThe 10 races that will decide the Senate majority Photos of the Year Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (Mo.)

Hartzler, 61, announced in June 2021 that she is running for Senate to fill Blunt’s seat.

9. Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongSwalwell slams House Republican for touting funding in bill she voted down The 10 races that will decide the Senate majority Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (Mo.)

Long, 66, launched his Senate campaign in August 2021, joining a crowded field of candidates.

10. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezRedistricting reform key to achieving the bipartisanship Americans claim to want Ohio state Rep. Emilia Sykes enters House race with map in limbo Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' MORE (Ohio)

Gonzalez, 37, was one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. His state’s party committee subsequently voted to censure him and Trump endorsed a primary challenger. In September 2021, Gonzalez cited "the current state of our politics, especially many of the toxic dynamics inside our own party” as “a significant factor” in his decision not to seek reelection.

11. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerJan. 6 committee subpoenas leaders of 'America First' movement Kinzinger welcomes baby boy Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' MORE (Ill.)

Kinzinger, 43, another House Republican who voted to impeach Trump, has become one of his party’s most vocal critics for continuing to embrace the former president. Aside from the prospect of a primary challenge, Kinzinger also faced tough odds for reelection because of redistricting. In a video announcing his decision in October 2021 not to run for reelection, Kinzinger lamented the rise of political tribalism and how “our political parties only survive by appealing to the most motivated and the most extreme elements within it.”

12. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertFocus on Perry could mean more subpoenas, challenges for Jan. 6 panel Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 House Ethics panel dismisses security screening fine issued to GOP lawmaker MORE (Texas)

Gohmert, 68, a former judge, announced in November 2021 that he is running for Texas attorney general, joining a crowded GOP primary.

13. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesFlorida Rep. Cherfilus-McCormick sworn in as newest House member GOP lawmaker adheres to term limit pledge, won't run for reelection The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Winter is here for Democrats MORE (Calif.)

Nunes, 48, announced in December that he would step down at the end of 2021 — a year before the end of his term — to serve as CEO of Trump’s new media company. Nunes had served as the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee since 2015 and was in line to succeed Brady to helm the Ways and Means panel had he remained for another term in the House.

14. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthThe Hill's Morning Report - For Biden, it goes from bad to worse GOP lawmaker adheres to term limit pledge, won't run for reelection Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (Ind.)

Hollingsworth announced Jan. 12 that he would adhere to his past pledge to serve no more than four terms in the House and not seek reelection after only three terms since 2017. "I ran for Congress to return this government to the people from the career politicians who had broken it, and I will be damned if I become one in the process," Hollingsworth wrote in an IndyStar editorial.

15. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote Democrats eye prime pickup chance in Katko retirement Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' MORE (N.Y.)

Katko, another of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, said Jan. 14 that he won't seek reelection "so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way."

"My conscience, principles, and commitment to do what's right have guided every decision I've made as a member of Congress," Katko said in his retirement announcement. Katko's departure opens up a seat that Biden won by 9 points in 2020.

—Last updated on Jan. 18 at 2:17 p.m.