Oct 12, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House Budget Chair John Yarmuth to retire

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., speaks during a news conference
Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

House Budget Chair John Yarmuth, the lone Democrat representative in Kentucky, announced on Tuesday he will not run for re-election in 2022.

Why it matters: Yarmuth, a senior Democrat who runs one of the House's most powerful committees, has been a key negotiator for President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending package and other economic priorities.

  • Yarmuth was first elected to serve in Kentucky's third district, which covers the majority of the Louisville Metro area, in 2006.
  • Given Yarmuth is the only Democrat from the state in either congressional chamber, it'll be interesting to see who replaces him.

What they're saying: "It's been an incredible journey since my first campaign in 2006 until now. I will continue to fight for Louisville in Washington for another 15 months, and then, I will retire from Congress," Yarmuth wrote in a tweet announcing his retirement.

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