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Rep. Peter DeFazio Becomes 19th House Democrat to Retire Ahead of Midterms

HeadlineDec 03, 2021

Oregon Congressmember Peter DeFazio said Wednesday he will not seek reelection in 2022. DeFazio is currently chair of the House Transportation Committee, serving his 18th term in Congress. He’s the 19th House Democrat to announce their retirement ahead of midterm elections next year, in which Republicans are expected to benefit from gerrymandered congressional districts and sweeping new voter suppression laws. 

Last month, California Democrat Jackie Speier announced she will not run for an eighth term in Congress. A survivor of the Jonestown massacre when she was a congressional aide in 1978, Speier more recently co-led a resolution to censure Republican Paul Gosar after he posted a violent animated video depicting himself murdering Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Gosar was censured over the video.

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