House Budget Chair John Yarmuth to retire
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.