Two Longtime Democratic House Members Won't Seek Reelection

Two longtime Democratic members of the U.S. House announced Monday they will not see reelection in 2022. 

Mike Doyle, now in his 14th term, is the dean of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation. He currently represents the 18th district, which includes all of Pittsburgh and some suburbs, largely to the south and east. He won his final election last November by a margin of nearly 40%. 

Doyle is the 2nd member of the House from Pennsylvania to announce their departure. Democrat Conor Lamb, from the neighboring 17th district, is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Republican Pat Toomey.

Pennsylvania is losing a seat in the upcoming redistricting. As a result, the 18th district will no longer exist in the next Congress.  Proposed new maps will be drawn and passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature, but can be vetoed by the Democratic governor.

Elected in 1996, David Price is serving his 13th consecutive term representing North Carolina's 4th district. He also represented the district from 1987-1995, losing the 1994 election. Like Doyle, he is the most senior member of his state's delegation.

The 4th district is currently located the north central part of the state, surrounding the Raleigh area to the north and west. The district has been reconfigured twice under court order since the last Census redistricting a decade ago. The most recent of these shifts was prior to the 2020 election, which Price won by about 35%.

In contrast to Pennsylvania, North Carolina is gaining a congressional district. Republicans fully control the redistricting process in the state.

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