A longtime Democrat has announced he will not be seeking re-election.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, who is serving his 14th term in Congress, said the decision was difficult.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) announced on Monday he will not seek reelection in 2024 after serving Oregon’s 3rd congressional district for 27 years.
Blumenauer, who is currently in his 14th term in Congress, said it was a “difficult decision” to not run for reelection in 2024.
Elected to the U.S. House in 1996, Blumenauer is currently a member of the Ways and Means Committee, ranking member of the subcommittee on Trade and a member of the subcommittee on Health.
He is also a senior member on the Budget Committee, with economic security for families a central focus on his platform, his office said.
The seat is expected to remain Democrat.
Various other House Dems are not seeking another term.
He was elected to his current seat representing Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District, which now spans from the heart of Portland eastward, in 1996 to fill a seat that fellow Democrat Ron Wyden left to take his current spot in the Senate. Given that it has a deep lean toward Democrats — the Cook Political Report rates it as D +22 — the seat will almost certainly stay in the hands of his party next year.
Other members of the House not seeking another term in 2024 include Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.), Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.), and Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.). In addition, 11 House members are running for U.S. Senate seats.