Congressman John Yarmuth, the only Democrat in the Kentucky congressional delegation since 2013, announced on Tuesday that he would retire after that term. His departure comes as Democrats battle strong headwinds to retain control of the House in 2022, and as Republican lawmakers prepare to redraw the lines of the state’s Congress this year.
In a videoYarmuth explained that his age and the desire to spend more time with his family were the main factors in his decision to retire.
“Truth be told, I didn’t expect to be in Congress that long. I’ve always said I couldn’t imagine being here for more than 10 years,” he said. “I know that the heavy physical demands of the job will only get more difficult… The desire to have more control over my time in the years I have left will be a priority.”
He will be 75 years old at the end of his term.
Yarmuth is the chairman of the House budget committee and was instrumental in passing the US bailout earlier this year, which he called “the proudest moment.”
“We can still do a lot more for the American people. And since this progress will unfortunately not be done on a bipartisan basis, my presidency places me in a pivotal position to build an even better future for our citizens,” he said. declared.
“His tireless work to push through the historic American Rescue Plan – which puts guns in guns, money in pockets, workers at work and kids in school – has helped save lives.” and to bring desperately needed relief to families, workers and small businesses, and leave a lasting impact in the lives of millions of people, ”House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
Yarmuth is the tenth House Democrat to announce his retirement or seek another post this year, against eight House Republicans.
His announcement comes as Republicans across the state question whether to dilute the Democratic base in Louisville and divide the city into three districts. While Democratic Governor Andy Beshear can reject the cards, Republicans hold a non-veto majority in the Kentucky House and Senate.
Since being elected in 2006, Yarmuth has won Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District by double digits. Two notable candidates have already announced campaigns for her now-open seat: Democratic Leader of the Kentucky State Senate Morgan McGarvey and State Representative Attica Scott, who was already challenging Yarmuth from the left.