Johnson, a Texas Democrat, will retire before the 2022 interim term


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Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson said he would retire before 2022, ending his career in Congress for nearly 30 years.

Johnson, who was elected to represent the Dallas, Texas area of ​​Congress in 1993, announced in a Saturday program that his current term is his last.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Received the applause as his wife, Marcelle Pomerley, closed the news conference at Vermont State House on Monday, November 15, 2021, declaring that she would not seek re-election. Montpelier, VT (AP Photo / Mary Schwalm)
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The 85-year-old Texas Democrat has not endorsed the replacement but said he thinks he will replace the woman.

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“I recommend you who is best to follow me,” Johnson He said. “My goal is to find a qualified woman. Anyone who has already been rejected in this district will not get my approval.”

December 05: Rep.  Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, speaks at a news conference at the Capital Visitor Center on December 05, 2016 to call on the Senate to pass legislation on mental health reform.  (Photo by Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)

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A spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee has responded to the news by suggesting that the Democratic Party is in trouble for the interim.

“The committee chairmen rarely retire unless their party loses a majority. Smart Democrats know their majority is doomed because their policies have led to rising costs, skyrocketing crimes, and a huge surge on the border,” NRCC spokesman Mike Berg said.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Will chair the passage of the House on President Joe Biden's extensive Social and Environmental Bill on Friday, November 19, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.  (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Will chair the passage of the House on President Joe Biden’s extensive Social and Environmental Bill on Friday, November 19, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)
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Johnson’s retirement is unlikely to affect the balance of power in Congress, as he represents a solid blue district with a 60-point victory over his Republican challenger in 2020. President Biden led Dallas County by 30 points over former President Donald Trump.

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