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30th House Democrat Pulls Out of 2022 Race

Sally Kent

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February 15, 2022

On Tuesday, New York Rep. Kathleen Rice announced she will not run for re-election. Rep. Rice marks the 30th House Democrat to announce their exit from the 2022 midterm elections.

The New York Post reports:

In a statement posted to Twitter, Rice reflected on her time in public service, calling it the “honor of my life” to serve the people of New York.

“I entered public service 30 years ago and never left. It has been the honor of my life to serve as a prosecutor, district attorney and US Representative in my beloved home state of New York,” she wrote. “I have always believed that holding political office is neither destiny nor a right. As elected officials, we must give all we have and then know when it is time to allow others to serve.”

“Though I will not be running for re-election to Congress this year, I will remain focused on protecting our democracy and serving my constituents throughout the rest of my terms,” Rice continued. “As I turn to the next chapter in my own personal and professional story, I do so with profound thanks to the community leaders, colleagues and staff who have lived our shared commitment to service with courage and humility.”

Rice was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2014 and has served on the Homeland Security Committee as well as the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Last year, Rep. Rice was the first House Democrat to call on then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct from 11 women.