House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has to be aware of what’s coming in 2022, as her party is expected to take a beating across the country. She’s not the only one who must know that Democrats will likely lose big next year, as a growing number of high-profile Dems are making moves that solidify that theory.
According to the Daily Caller, Rep. David Price (D-NC), announced his retirement this week after serving a staggering 31 years in the House, leaving Pelosi with yet another soon-to-be-vacant seat that will likely only further place Democrats into the minority party column after next year’s election.
“It’s not an easy decision but one I feel confident in,” Price said, according to WRAL. “I’m very grateful for the people who have made this period of service possible.”
A long career
Price, a top Democrat in the lower chamber for decades, was first elected to Congress in 1986. He managed to win four terms in a row before finally losing to a Republican opponent in 1994. Two years later, he would reclaim his North Carolina seat.
The 81-year-old North Carolina Democrat, once a political science professor at both Yale University and Duke University, also serves as the dean of North Carolina’s congressional delegation.
He also serves on the prestigious House Appropriations Committee.
As WRAL noted, Price had considered retirement several years ago in the lead-up to the 2016 election, but changed his mind after former President Donald Trump upset former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Price said that he decided to stay to shore up leadership in the House should Democrats eventually take majority control, which happened in 2018.
“Democracy isn’t just about elections,” Price said at the time. “Even more, it’s about what happens between elections.”
As the Daily Caller pointed out, it’s not surprising to see Price join a growing list of House Democrats — many of whom have served for decades — announce their retirements, as that practice typically happens when a party is expected to take a loss in a midterm election.
That was evidenced on the Republican side of the political aisle prior to 2018 when a whopping 23 Republican members of the House announced their retirement plans. Dems managed to pick up 41 seats in that particular election, giving them majority control and Pelosi as their speaker.
As FiveThirtyEight noted, the party not in the White House tends to be the overwhelming winner in a midterm election.
Only time will tell if more House Dems decide to throw in the towel before the 2022 midterms. Either way, at this point, the end of Pelosi’s reign seems to be drawing closer.