The congresswoman called representing 40th Congressional District constituents “the single most distinguished honor of (彼女) 生活” in a statement announcing her decision.
“After thirty years in the House of Representatives, the time has come for me to spend more time with my family. したがって、, I have decided not to seek reelection,” Roybal-Allard said.
The California congresswoman is chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee
— the first Latina to do so
. Roybal-Allard was also the first Mexican American woman elected to Congress and the first Latina to ever serve on the Appropriations Committee
, according to her statement
Her work in Congress has included pushing to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children
Roybal-Allard’s announcement comes the same day fellow Democratic Rep
. Stephanie Murphy announced she would not seek reelection to her Florida seat
. Many congressional Democrats have announced retirements amid districts being redrawn and a growing consensus that the upcoming midterms are going to be a tough fight for the party
Democratic candidate Nicole Lopez
, who is vying for the 40th Congressional District seat
月曜, “It’s never easy being the first
, but you did it with grit and grace
. You have been — and continue to be — an inspiration to Latinas like me
, who admire you and hope to follow in your footsteps.
Roybal-Allard said she looks “forward to continue to work for the people of my district in the new year and long after I leave public office.”