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2 longtime House Democrats will retire


Two longtime House Democratic incumbents will call it quits this week.

Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, who has served 26 years in the House, is expected to announce his retirement later Monday, according to multiple sources familiar with the plans. And Rep. David Price of North Carolina, first elected in 1986, will also leave the House next year.

Doyle plans to make an announcement at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, according to his office. Price is giving an interview at noon on a local, Raleigh, N.C., TV station.

Doyle and Price will become the sixth and seventh Democrats, respectively, to announce that they will not seek reelection in 2022 as the party braces for a difficult election next November that could cost them their majority.

The list of House Democratic retirements already includes House Budget Chair John Yarmuth, who announced last week that he would not be seeking reelection, potentially clearing a path for his son to run for the seat.

Neither Yarmuth, Price nor Doyle is in clear peril of losing their seats in the coming redistricting. But the departure of such senior Democrats does not inspire confidence in the party’s midterm prospects. Price, in particular, holds a “cardinal” position on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Doyle is retiring from a solidly blue, Pittsburgh-area seat. He already had a primary challenger, and his departure will likely draw other big-name Democrats. Pennsylvania is losing a seat in redistricting and has a GOP-led legislature, but Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf can veto any Republican-drawn map.

Price represents a safe Democratic seat in the Research Triangle region of the state. North Carolina is gaining a seat in redistricting, and Republicans have total control over the process.

Other retiring Democrats are Reps. Filemón Vela of Texas, Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona, Cheri Bustos of Illinois and Ron Kind of Wisconsin. The National Republican Congressional Committee hopes to contest all of those seats. Five other members are leaving to seek other elected office.

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