Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer Not Running in 2024

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon's longest-tenured U.S. House member, will not seek reelection in 2024.

Blumenauer joined the House in 1996, winning a special election in Oregon's 3rd congressional district. He has been reelected 14 times, never with less than 65% of the vote. Blumenauer succeeded fellow Democrat Ron Wyden who had resigned after winning the special election for a vacant U.S. Senate seat. Wyden remains in office to this day.

District 3 is heavily Democratic, encompassing much of Portland and extending into more rural areas to the east, including Mt. Hood, the state's highest mountain peak. Blumenauer won his final race in 2022 by a margin of nearly 44%.

Blumenauer is the 19th current U.S. House member - and 14th Democrat - to announce they are retiring or seeking another office in 2024. The list does not include Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03), who last week announced a challenge to President Biden for the Democratic nomination. Phillips has not announced his intentions for his seat. Given Minnesota's late filing deadline, he would be able to run for a 4th term in the House should he exit the presidential race in advance of that. 

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