“Truth be told, I never imagined being in Congress for so long,” Yarmuth said in a video posted on his Twitter account. “To be honest, I have found a new and incomparable joy in spending time with my youngest grandson.”
Representative Hakeem Jeffries (DN.Y.) is the next Democrat representative on the Budget Committee, but it is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Jeffries is currently limited in his position as chairman of the caucus, but could run for office in the administration and stop working as the top Democrat leader on the budget party.
The pension is particularly noteworthy because the Republicans in Frankfurt have been more open about their plans to make his Louisville constituency more secure – rather than tearing it down to secure another GOP constituency.
His departure will open a safe, blue seat in Louisville and provide a way to capture the height of the Democratic constituency.
Within minutes of Yarmuth’s announcement, Morgan McGarvey – Democrat chief of Kentucky’s parliament – announced he would be jumping in the race. He had already drawn the first opponent from the left, condition Rep. Attica Scott.
Yarmuth joins 12-day Democrats who have announced their abstinence from rotation. The list includes Reps. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) And Ron Kind (D-Wis.). Five more members are on their way to look for a new office.
“It’s just a real time for me. I want to have more control whatever time is left,” Yarmuth told POLITICO.