Michigan US Rep. Brenda Lawrence won’t seek 2022 reelection

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FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., questions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Lawrence plans to retire from Congress at the end of her term, becoming the 25th House Democrat to decide against seeking reelection in 2022, she announced Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP, File)

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence plans to retire from Congress at the end of her term, becoming the 25th House Democrat to decide against seeking reelection in 2022, she announced Tuesday.

“This year marks my 30th year in elected public service, and I’ve had the good fortune of serving Michiganders on the local and national level,” she announced on Twitter.

“After reflecting on my journey & having conversations with my family, I’m announcing that I will not be seeking re-election to Congress,” Lawrence said.

The 67-year-old former Southfield mayor is the only Black lawmaker representing Michigan in Congress and the only Michigan Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

She has been in the U.S. House since 2015, representing a district that includes parts of Detroit, Hamtramck, the Grosse Pointe communities, Farmington Hills and Pontiac.

Courtesy: The Associated Press, FILE – U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., arrives to speak at a vaccine mobilization event before Vice President Kamala Harris takes the stage at the TCF Center in Detroit, Monday, July 12, 2021. Lawrence plans to retire from Congress at the end of her term, becoming the 25th House Democrat to decide against seeking reelection in 2022, she announced Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Being around more for her family was a major consideration for Lawrence, a grandmother whose last-living sister died last month.

Lawrence’s announcement came on the same day that Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois formally announced he won’t seek a 16th term in the U.S. House.

Rush is the 25th House Democrat to announce that they will not run for reelection this year. Eleven House Republicans have said they won’t seek reelection this fall, when the GOP is looking to win control of the chamber.

Lawmakers are starting to weigh in on Lawrence’s announcement to not run for reelection, including U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

Congress is losing an incredible public servant, trailblazer and leader. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence arrived in Congress with an impressive record of public service—her career at the U.S. Postal Service, the Southfield Public Schools Board of Education, the Southfield City Council and as the first African American and first woman Mayor of Southfield. In Congress, this commitment to the people of Michigan shows in her work every day. We have worked together on so many issues, including launching the transformative community behavioral health initiative that is bringing mental health and addiction resources to Michiganders. While I will miss working with my dear friend in 2023 and beyond, I know she will do so much good in Michigan in whatever she chooses to do next.”

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Congresswoman Lawrence has been an incredible champion and trailblazer in the fight for Michigan families. In Congress, I’ve been proud to work with her on issues from improving the U.S. Postal Service – where she began her distinguished career in public service – to expanding access to high-speed internet and ensuring an accurate count for the U.S. Census. I wish Congresswoman Lawrence all the best – and look forward to continue working with her this year.”

U.S. Senator Gary Peters

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