Oct 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democratic Reps. Doyle, Price announce they won't seek re-election

Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and David Price (D-N.C.) announced Monday they will not seek re-election in 2022, the latest to make such an announcement as Democrats look to protect a thin House majority in 2022.

Why it matters: The growing number of retirements adds more uncertainty to next year's election, in which Democrats are already facing an uphill battle due to redistricting and the difficulty of retaining the majority when the party in power also controls the White House.

Price was first elected in 1986, and Doyle was first elected in 1994. Both represent districts President Biden carried in 2020.

What they're saying: "I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election as representative for North Carolina's Fourth Congressional District," Price said in a statement.

  • "I do so with a profound sense of gratitude to the voters of the Fourth District; to the supporters ... and to my staff in Washington and the district, whose competence and dedication are responsible for the quality of representation and service I have been able to provide," he added.

"I believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation," Doyle said in a press release. "This was not an easy decision."

  • "I want to thank the people of Pittsburgh, the best people in the world, for giving me the opportunity to serve you in Congress over these many years."
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