Who is Retiring from Congress? (2021 Edition)

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At this point, most officials who are planning to leave Congress have likely stated so publicly (although there are always a few stragglers.) Here’ s the list of known retirements. This will be important to keep in mind as these races will automatically become more competitive in the midterms, as there will be no incumbent.

I’ve distinguished those Congressfolk who are leaving their seats to run for another office with an asterisk (*).

Senate Democrats

Patrick Leahy – Vermont

Senate Republicans

Roy Blunt – Missouri

Richard Burr – North Carolina

Rob Portman – Ohio

Richard Shelby – Alabama

Pat Toomey – Pennsylvania

House Democrats

Karen Bass – California *Running for Mayor of Los Angeles

Anthony G. Brown – Maryland *Running for MD Attorney General

Cheri Bustos – Illinois

G.K. Butterfield – North Carolina

Charlie Crist – Florida *Running for Governor

Peter DeFazio – Oregon

Val Demings – Florida *Running for Senate

Michael Doyle – Pennsylvania

Eddie Bernice Johnson – Texas

Ron Kind – Wisconsin

Ann Kirkpatrick – Arizona

Conor Lamb – Pennsylvania *Running for Senate

Alan Lowenthal – California

Stephanie Murphy – Florida

David Price – North Carolina

Lucille Roybal-Allard – California

Tim Ryan – Ohio *Running for Senate

Albio Sires – New Jersey

Jackie Speier – California

Tom Suozzi – New York *Running for Governor

Filemon Vela – Texas

Peter Welch – Vermont *Running for Senate

John Yarmuth – Kentucky

House Republicans

Kevin Brady – Texas

Mo Brooks – Alabama *Running for Senate

Ted Budd – North Carolina *Running for Senate

Louie Gohmert – Texas *Running for TX Attorney General

Anthony Gonzalez – Ohio

Vicky Hartzler – Missouri *Running for Senate

Jody Hice – Georgia *Running for GA Secretary of State

Adam Kinzinger – Illinois

Billy Long – Missouri *Running for Senate

Devin Nunes – California

Tom Reed – New York

Lee Zeldin – New York *Running for Governor


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