Long-time Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard to Retire
By 270toWin Staff
December 21, 2021, 7:27 AM ET
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D, CA-40) announced her retirement late Monday. She becomes the third Los Angeles area Democratic House member to announce they aren't running for reelection. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) is retiring, while Karen Bass (CA-37) is running for mayor of Los Angeles.
Roybal-Allard, 80 years old, won her 15th and final term by 45 points in 2020.
Her decision may have partially been driven by redistricting that is currently underway. For the first time in its history, California is losing a congressional district. In the approved final proposal from the independent commission, Roybal-Allard and Lowenthal would have been essentially merged together into the new 42nd district. Their joint departure creates a much easier path for Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia (D) to win a House seat in the 2022 midterms. Garcia announced his congressional run after Lowenthal's retirement announcement last week.
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