House Democrat Anna Eshoo announces she will not seek reelection
On Tuesday, Representative Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat, announced that she will not seek reelection in 2022. First elected to Congress in 1992, Eshoo is one of the longest-serving House members in California history.
In her statement, Eshoo thanked her constituents for “their generosity and kindness” and said that “I will be forever grateful.” She also said that the current moment is “one that will define us for generations to come.”
Eshoo is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a founding member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus. She is also recognized as an effective advocate on tech policy issues, from net neutrality to privacy and cybersecurity.
Eshoo’s retirement is likely to set off a competitive Democratic primary for her congressional seat, which is located in California’s 18th District.
Eshoo’s retirement follows the retirement of another senior member of the California congressional delegation, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY). With the loss of these two members, California is now down to 33 House members.