House Democrats likely losing seat as one of their own announces retirement

House Democrats are losing a seat in the upcoming election as Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) announced just days ago that he will not be seeking reelection, according to PJ Media

Kind has represented the 3rd District of Wisconsin since 1997 which was a swing district carried by former President Donald Trump in both 2016 and 2020. 

“Truth is I’ve run out of gas,” the congressman told reporters this week. “Representing the people in your home area in the United States Congress has been unquestionably the greatest honor of my life. 

The congressman gave an idea of why he was ending his career in Congress saying that while it was his honor, he “never intended it to be an honor for my entire life.”

Kind’s district is one of seven that the former president took in the last election, including Rep. Cheri Bustos (D)of Illinois’s 17th, which has many similarities to Kinds. 

Bustos also announced her retirement in April of this year, leaving yet another Republican-leaning district that could be picked up by House Republicans looking to regain control.

Kind was unopposed in 2016 when he ran for reelection and had a 19 point lead two years later, but lost momentum when he fought off first-time candidate Derrick Van Orden by fewer than 3 percentage points in the 2020 election.

Van Orden, a staunch Republican and retired United States Navy SEAL has indicated that he plans to run again in 2022. 

Kind has also bad difficulties after it was reported that he rented out a massage parlor to a woman who “lost her occupational license in another state after local police linked her to human trafficking and prostitution,” according to a report in the Washington Free Beacon last month.

Republicans are thought likely to take control of the House again after the midterm election, and very likely to gain control of the Senate, considering historical gains seen by the party not in the White House during midterms.