Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard will not seek reelection in 2022, making the California Democrat one of nearly two dozen members of her conference who will not return to the House.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida announced earlier Monday that she will not seek reelection, and Rep. Albio Sires reportedly is planning a similar announcement.
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California's redistricting process is ongoing, but it will likely create a map that would have drawn Roybal-Allard into fellow California Democratic Rep. Alan Lowenthal's district. Lowenthal announced his own retirement earlier this month, avoiding a member vs. member primary for the new district.
The retirements of both California incumbents clear a path for Robert García, mayor of Long Beach, to run for the Democratic nomination to represent the district, which would likely result in his election to Congress.
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In 1992, Roybal-Allard, now 80, became the first Mexican American woman elected to Congress. She currently leads the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Her father, the late Rep. Edward Roybal, also served in Congress.