Pelosi’s grip on gavel in doubt as more House Dems announce retirement plans

In a pair of developments that may ultimately signal the end of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) reign of power in the lower chamber, Democrat Reps. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania and David Price of North Carolina both announced on Monday their respective decisions not to seek re-election next year, as the New York Post reports.

The news comes as a significant blow the Democrats’ prospects for keeping control of the House, as the party is already facing an uphill battle in terms of keeping their already-slim majority, with multiple lawmakers having already declared their intention not to run in 2022.

According to Fox News, Price said in a statement, “I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election as a representative for North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District. I do so with a profound sense of gratitude to the voters of the Fourth District; to the supporters who have backed me in 18 successive campaigns; and to my staff in Washington and the district…”.

“So 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… promise, in the fifteen months remaining and beyond, to continue fighting for the just and inclusive country we believe in,” Price continued.

Announcing his upcoming departure during an afternoon speech, Doyle explained that while he was confident he would win re-election if he were to run in 2022, he believes “the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation.”

Doyle continued, stressing that he intends to “run through the finish line” with 14 months left to go in his current term, and he said he will continue fighting to secure passage of the two massive spending bills championed by President Joe Biden and Pelosi.

In addition to Price and Doyle, a number of other House Democrats have signaled their plans to retire, rather than seek another term, including Reps. Ron Kind (WI), Cheri Bustos (IL), Filemon Vela (TX), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ) and John Yarmuth (KY), as Roll Call noted, with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) having announced before the current term began that this would be her last.

Compounding those impending absences are those of five others on the Democratic side who will not return to Congress because they are seeking other elected offices, including Reps. Tim Lamb (OH) and Val Demings (FL), who are seeking Senate seats, as well as Reps. Charlie Crist of Florida, who is running to become governor of his state and Karen Bass (CA), who is a Los Angeles mayoral hopeful.

With the aforementioned deluge of Democrat retirements and career moves on the cards prior to the midterm elections, it seems increasingly likely that Pelosi’s tenure at the top, which was already rumored to be on its last legs due to a prior agreement she made with the progressives in her party, will mercifully come to an end.