Article originally appeared on www.washingtonexaminer.com.
Some Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill announced their intent to call it quits and not seek reelection on Thursday, setting the stage for a major shift in both chambers.
On the House side, Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) have opted not to run for office again in 2024. Local media outlets also reported Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) plans to step down. In the Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced his widely anticipated retirement, adding to speculation that he’ll embark on a third-party presidential run.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WA), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks during a committee hearing, on May 2, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Manchin stepping down leaves the already vulnerable Senate Democrats more susceptible to Republicans attempting to close the chamber’s slim majority. The West Virginia senator, who served in the role since 2010, has shifted away from the Democratic Party recently, voting against key legislation and pushing for an independent ticket in 2024.
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