Rep. Alan Lowenthal announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection next year, becoming the latest House Democrat to announce he will retire ahead of an election cycle projected to favor Republicans.

The California Democrat, 80, said in a statement that “just as every journey has a beginning, so too does it have an end.”


“I am announcing today that I will not be running for reelection to Congress in 2022,” Lowenthal wrote. “It is time to pass the baton. It is time to rest and surround myself with the benefits of a life well-lived and earned honorably in the service of my fellow citizens.”

Lowenthal was first elected to represent California's 47th District in 2012. He previously served in the Long Beach City Council and as a California assemblyman.

In a statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a fellow California Democrat, said he “has devoted his entire life to protecting our planet and lifting up his beloved southern California community.”

“After a decade in the House, Congressman Lowenthal’s passion and intellect will be deeply missed by our Caucus and the Congress,” Pelosi said. “On behalf of his admiring colleagues, I thank him for his years of service as well as his continued leadership through the remainder of his term. We wish him and his wife Deborah all the best as they embark on their next adventure.”

Lowenthal is the fourth member of California’s delegation who will soon depart the House. Democratic Reps. Jackie Speier and Karen Bass will also not return, while Republican Rep. Devin Nunes will leave at the end of this year to run former President Donald Trump’s new media company.

Some Democrats have expressed concern that a string of their members of the House either retiring or leaving to seek another office will complicate their efforts to maintain their majority after next year’s midterm elections. Republicans have painted the departures as proof they are on track to win a majority. Republicans need to net about five seats in the 2022 midterm elections to reclaim the majority the party lost in 2018.


Further retirements, regardless of party, are likely to come following the Christmas holiday, after lawmakers take an extended recess.