Democratic House committee chairman to retire, giving GOP prime pickup opportunity

Democratic House committee chairman to retire, giving GOP prime pickup opportunity


House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth announced Tuesday that he will retire from Congress after 16 years in office.

The Kentucky Democrat heads the panel responsible for drafting a federal budget plan each year. Yarmuth has been a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. He took office in the 2006 Democratic wave, beating a 10-year incumbent Republican as his party claimed its first majority in a dozen years.

“It’s been an incredible journey since my first campaign in 2006 until now. I will continue to fight for Louisville in Washington for another 15 months, and then, I will retire from Congress,” Yarmuth tweeted Tuesday with a video of him in front of the Capitol.

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