Six Democrats have said that this year will be their last in Congress — but that hasn’t shaken House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s confidence in her party retaking the lower chamber in this November’s elections.
“Our Democratic retirements do not relate in any way to our prospects for winning,” the California Democrat said, The Hill reports.
Just this week, three Democrats said that they were resigning, including her longtime California colleague, Rep. George Miller, who announced on Monday that he was not seeking re-election after 40 years on Capitol Hill.
The other two were Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, who said on Wednesday that he was quitting after 12 terms, and Rep. Bill Owens of New York. He said on Tuesday that he was not seeking re-election after two terms, the Hill reports.
Pelosi said that these “personal and family decisions” would not affect the midterm elections — telling the Hill that fundraising and recruitment were more likely to have an impact.