retirements

An Inside Look at Congressional Retirements
 

House Retirement Rush Still Short of Average

Lummis announced Thursday that she would retire at the end of this term. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

   

In spite of the recent rush of retirement announcements, this Congress is still below the historical average of exits each cycle, which means more House retirements are likely to come.  

Benishek's District Competitive Before and After Retirement

Benishek's narrow win in 2014 made him an attractive target for Democrats this time around. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats need Republican incumbents to retire from competitive districts in order to expand the playing field of competitive House races. But GOP Rep. Dan Benishek’s decision not to run for re-election in Michigan barely moves the status quo of the House battlefield.  

Benishek was already considered vulnerable this cycle, and his 1st District was already counted among the three dozen most competitive races in the country. His narrow re-election victory in 2012 — 48.1-47.6 percent (a margin of 1,881 votes), made him an attractive target. But the seat leans Republican under most conditions.  

More House Retirements Likely to Come

Minnesota's Kline is the sixth House member to announce his retirement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After spending five weeks at home in their districts with their families, how many members got homesick and are set to retire?  

If history is a guide, at least a handful or more House members will announce their departure in the days, weeks and months ahead.  

Highway Bill Could Consume Petri's Last Months in Congress

Rep. Tom Petri (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he will retire from Congress at the end of the year, and he's poised to go out with a legislative bang — or a whimper.  

The 73-year-old Wisconsin Republican's last eight months on Capitol Hill will likely be consumed with negotiations over legislation to reauthorize funding for the nation's highway and transit programs in his role as chairman of the subcommittee of jurisdiction.