Rep. Brenda Lawrence announced late Tuesday she would not seek re-election in November, becoming the 25th Democrat to decline to contest their House seat in this year’s midterms.
Multiple reports indicated that Lawrence (D-Mich.) was unhappy with the outcome of Michigan’s redistricting process, which changed her district boundaries to incorporate more suburban areas rather than downtown Detroit. Democratic sources told Politico that Lawrence had privately complained to colleagues that the new congressional map divided majority-black neighborhoods.
In a video posted on Twitter, the 67-year-old Lawrence — the only black member of Michigan’s congressional delegation — noted that 2022 would be her 30th year holding public office. She previously was a school board member, city council member and mayor of the Detroit suburb of