Rep. Brenda Lawrence Becomes the 25th Democrat to Announce a House Exit

Rep. Brenda Lawrence Becomes the 25th Democrat to Announce a House Exit


Rep. Brenda Lawrence’s (D-MI) retirement makes her the twenty-fifth Democrat to make plans to leave the House after the current term, thus putting more doubt on the House Democrats’ ability to keep the slimming majority after the midterm in less than a year.

Lawrence said her decision to retire was “personal” after being in public service for three decades, according to the Detroit News. The 67-year-old was also on the Public Schools Board of Education, Southfield City Council, and was Southfield’s mayor before becoming a member of Congress in 2015.

“I love the 30-year ride I’ve had — the challenges, the successes, the fighting for democracy. I have so much gratitude for the opportunity I’ve had,” Lawrence said. “But you have to really understand that this life, it’s not

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