Two new Democratic representatives in Congress, Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA), announced their retirement this past Tuesday, increasing to 28 the number of Democratic Party members leaving their seats ahead of the November elections, in contrast to the 13 Republicans who will not seek re-election.
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McNerney announced his retirement in a Twitter thread in which he thanked his constituents, his district and his family, though he did not offer a reason for his retirement.
The Californian’s message focused on the accomplishments he is most proud of in his career, including a veterans’ health center in San Joaquin County and “securing major investments in infrastructure and public safety, broadband, education, childcare, and health care access.”
For his part, Langevin released a YouTube video that he distributed on his social networks, in which he said that after 22 years of service in Congress, he will not run for re-election. The Rhode Island Democrat also did not indicate why he made his decision.
Langevin, who became quadriplegic after an accident in 1980, was the first representative with this disability to serve in Congress.
Of his long career, he said in his message, his vote in favor of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care reform, which he called “the most significant piece of legislation I ever supported,” stands out.
The number of Democratic congressmen who have announced their resignation to run for re-election doubles that of Republicans in an election year in which polls predict a massive defeat for the Democratic Party. A party that could be on the verge of losing its majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives.