Ed Perlmutter: Colorado congressman becomes latest House Democrat not to seek reelection

Perlmutter becomes the latest in a long list of House Democrats to decide not to stand for re-election in 2022 as House Republicans grow convinced they can reclaim the currently Democratic-controlled chamber in the next few years. midterm elections. So far, 26 of the 37 members who have announced they will leave the chamber at the end of their term have been Democrats. Eleven of those members, six Democrats and five Republicans, are running for the Senate or Governor.

The Democratic legislator represents the state’s 7th Congressional District.

In a statement announcing the decision, Perlmutter said, “There comes a time when you are passing the torch to the next generation of leaders. I am deeply satisfied that our bench in the 7th arrondissement is deep and luckily we have a strong group of leaders. who are ready and able to take up this torch.

A member of the Moderate NDP Coalition, Perlmutter chairs the Financial Services and Consumer Protection Subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee. He also sits on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, the Rules Committee and the Special Committee on Congress Modernization.

Perlmutter served eight years in the Colorado State Senate before coming to Washington.

After the 2018 election, Perlmutter was part of the group that unsuccessfully pushed to prevent Nancy Pelosi from becoming president, and then played a key role in crafting a limited-time deal. A year later, he expressed his regret in an interview with Colorado Public Radio.

“I was wrong in seeking this change, just for the sake of the change,” Perlmutter said in December 2019. “I think Pelosi in particular did a great job leading our caucus.”

This story was updated with additional developments on Monday.

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