Doyle, Price Join List Of Lawmakers Not Seeking Reelection

North Carolina Congressman David Price and Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle both announced on Monday they would not be seeking reelection once this term is over next year.

Price has represented North Carolina in Congress for more than 30 years. First, from 1987 to 1995, before losing his seat in the 1994 election. He regained his seat in 1996 and has been in Congress since.

He has long served on House Appropriations Committee and is chairman of its subcommittee for transportation, housing and urban development.

Price made his announcement in an interview with WRAL-TV. In a news release, he said that “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. I am deeply grateful to the people of the Fourth District for making my service possible and for what we have been able to achieve together. And I promise, in the fifteen months remaining and beyond, to continue fighting for the just and inclusive country we believe in.”

Doyle has served in Congress for nearly 30 years. He was first elected to the House in 1994, and is the senior member of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation.

Doyle is the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

Doyle announced his decision Monday afternoon at a news conference in Pittsburgh.

“I believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation,” he said, noting that he chose to reveal his plans now to give potential candidates time to build their campaigns. He said he had weighed retirement most of this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic “accelerated” his plans to retire and spend time with his wife.

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth announced last week that he would not be seeking reelection at the end of this term.

With the two announcements on Monday, that brings the total number of Democrats not seeking reelection to 13.

Reps. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Filemon Vela of Texas, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas have all announced retirement at the end of this term.

Five others are running for other offices. Reps. Val Demings of Florida, Tim Ryan of Ohio and Connor Lamb are running for Senate.

Florida’s Charlie Crist is running for governor and California’s Karen Bass is running for mayor of Los Angeles.

Nine GOP lawmakers have announced they will not be seeking reelection next year.

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