DemDaily: The House Casualty List. The Update!

February 21, 2024

Twelve members of Congress -- eleven of them Republicans -- have announced their retirements in the last seven weeks, bringing to a total 44 who will be departing the US House of Representatives this November.

The most recent member to announce his retirement was Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN), saying, "Our country -- and our Congress -- is broken beyond most means of repair. I have come to realize our fight is not here within Washington, our fight is with Washington."

Green's announcement came one day after the Special Election for New York's Third Congressional District to fill the seat vacated by disgraced Republican George Santos, who was historically expelled from Congress December 1.

Former three-term Congressman Tom Souzzi (D) won the February 13 special election, defeating Nassau County legislator Mazi Pilip (R), 53.9% to 46.1%. The flip of the Long Island-based Third District narrowed the GOP's already razor-thin House majority to 221-214, including three vacancies.

Of the three remaining special elections, Republicans will be defending two seats.

The special election for California's 20th District, vacated by Former Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) December 31, 2023, will take place May 21. The primary will be held on March 19.

Ohio's 6th District special primary to replace Republican Bill Johnson, who stepped down January 31 to become the President of Youngstown State University, will be held March 19. The general election will take place June 11.

The New York District 26 special election to succeed Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins (D), who resigned February 2 to become President and CEO of Buffalo's Shea's Performing Arts Center, will take place April 30.

Other congressional members who have recently joined the ranks of the retiring include Republicans Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Greg Pence (IN-6), Larry Bucshon (IN-8), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MT-3), Jeff Duncan (SC-4) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5).

Republican John Curtis (UT-3) is leaving to run for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Mitt Romney, and Kelly Armstrong (R), North Dakota's sole US House member is running for Governor to succeed Doug Burgum (R), who is retiring.

Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-2), who announced his campaign for the GOP Senate nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat Jon Tester, dropped out six days later after Donald Trump endorsed Tim Sheehy, his primary opponent. Rosendale has not filed to run for reelection to Congress.

Republican Mike Gallagher (WI-8) announced he would not pursue a fifth term just days after refusing to vote with fellow House Republicans to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

The only Democrat to announce his departure in recent weeks is Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI). Elected in 2008, he is the first and only person to represent the people of the Northern Mariana Islands in the US House of Representatives as a non-voting Delegate.

All told, the 23 Democrats (including one Delegate) and 21 Republicans, as well as three pending special elections, comprise the House Casualty List.

On average, 52 members have left each cycle since 2012.

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Sources: Ballotpedia, US House, Reuters, The Hill, CNN, Cook Political Report, AP

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