Apr 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democrat Cheri Bustos to retire from Congress

Cheri Bustos

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Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) announced Friday she will retire from Congress in 2022 after completing her current term.

The big picture: Bustos, who was first elected to Congress in 2012, is the former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair. The lawmaker's retirement could be a chance for Republicans to swipe her seat, with Illinois' 17th district moving swiftly to the right in recent years.

  • Democrats currently hold a narrow lead in the House, but the GOP is hoping to win the majority during the 2022 midterms.

What she's saying: "My North Star has always been to serve my community ... It has been an honor to be a voice for out family farmers, working families, those struggling to afford healthcare and many more," Bustos said in a statement.

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