The Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Democrat Representative John Yarmouth has now announced his retirement.
As Politico reports:
House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection after 15 years in Congress, opening a key seat in the Democratic stronghold of Louisville.
Yarmuth, the sole Democrat in Kentucky’s delegation, said he will step aside to spend more time with family. He will be 75 years old when his term ends in January 2023. He’s the fifth House Democrat to announce his retirement ahead of what is expected to be a brutal midterm election for the party.
As budget chair, the Kentucky Democrat has helped to shepherd key parts of President Joe Biden’s agenda through the House and has played a major role in the party’s latest priority: a multi-trillion-dollar social spending plan.
“The truth be told, I never expected to be in Congress this long,” Yarmuth said in a video posted on his Twitter account. “Candidly, I have found new and incomparable joy in spending time with my young grandson.”
It's been an incredible journey since my first campaign in 2006 until now. I will continue to fight for Louisville in Washington for another 15 months, and then, I will retire from Congress.
I will have plenty more to say in the months ahead but this is what I want you to know: pic.twitter.com/MXFmWrSTYv
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) October 12, 2021
Yarmuth’s announcement will open up another safely Democrat House seat in the state.