Two Veteran House Democrats Are Stepping Down

David Price, Mike Doyle will not seek re-election in 2022 midterms
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2021 2:07 PM CDT
Two Veteran House Democrats Are Stepping Down
Rep. David Price speaks during a press conference at the Community School for People Under Six in Carrboro, NC, on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021.   (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)

Two long-serving House Democrats are calling it quits before next year's midterm elections. North Carolina Rep. David Price, dean of the state's House delegation, announced Monday that he won't be seeking re-election, CNN reports. Price, 81, has represented the state's 4th congressional district since 1997 and previously held the seat from 1987 to 1995. KDKA reports that Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle, dean of that state's delegation and a key ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also announced his retirement Monday, saying the time has come "to pass the torch to the next generation." Doyle, 68, has represented Pennsylvania's 18th district, which includes Pittsburgh and surrounding suburbs, since 1995.

"While it is time for me to retire, it is no time to flag in our efforts to secure a ‘more perfect union’ and to protect and expand our democracy," Price, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement, per Fox. He vowed to use his remaining 15 months to "continue fighting for the just and inclusive country we believe in." Politico describes the retirements as "a sign of the party's diminishing hopes of keeping the House majority" after the 2022 midterms. Both men won their districts comfortably in 2020. Price defeated his Republican challenger with 67% of the vote, while Doyle held his seat with 69% of the vote. (More House of Representatives stories.)

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