(AbsoluteNews.com) – Another Democrat decided to retire ahead of what could be a pivotal year determining which party controls the House of Representatives. On November 16, Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) released a video telling the country about plans to vacate her seat. The long-time politician who survived being shot at the Jonestown cult massacre in 1978, joined eight other House Democrats and declared that she’s ready to spend more time with her family.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) November 16, 2021
Unfortunately for the Left, the timing couldn’t be worse. In the 2022 elections, Republicans only need to gain five seats from where they stand today to take control. The California lawmaker marks the fourteenth Democrat overall, not running for re-election in the November 2022 midterm.
Although some assume such retirements mean those lawmakers don’t have an optimistic outlook on their chances of reelection, Speier won her seat by an almost 60-point margin. After more than 40 years serving the public, Speier stated that she’s simply ready for the next chapter in her life.
There’s no word yet on who will run for her seat on the House floor, but replacing her will be difficult given her years serving her community and her popularity. For Republicans, her announcement may represent a new opportunity to become the majority once again.
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