Citing Health Issues, Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton Won't Seek Reelection in 2024

Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia said Monday that she won't seek a fourth term in 2024. She had been diagnosed with Parkinson's earlier this year, and is now facing a more severe version of the disease.

Wexton represents Virginia's 10th congressional district, located in the northern part of the state. It includes parts of suburban Washington D.C., and extends into some less-populated areas.

She was first elected in 2018, ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock. Her winning margin in 2018 and 2020 was in the low teens. In 2022, she won her third term by about 6.5% over Republican Hung Cao. The district had been made slightly more competitive in redistricting following the 2020 Census.

Prior to the retirement announcement, most forecasters had the 2024 race as safe or likely Democratic. It is possible we will see some shift in those ratings to reflect a more competitive environment, absent the incumbent.  

14 current members of the U.S. House have announced they are retiring or seeking another office in 2024. Separately, the resignation of Rep. Chris Stewart (R, UT-02) became effective this past Friday. The chamber now has two vacancies, with Republicans holding a 221-212 partisan edge.

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