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Another Dem Rep is not running for re-election.
GOP Rep Tony Cárdenas has represented his district since 2013.
According to Politico, Cardenas’ attempts to rise through the ranks was blocked last year when Rep. Suzan DelBene was tapped to run the DCCC.
Rep. Tony Cárdenas became the latest House lawmaker to opt against running for reelection, his spokesperson confirmed Monday, opening a deep-blue seat in California.
Trained as an electrical engineer, he rose up through the California Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council before coming to Congress, where he’s represented his San Fernando Valley-area district since 2013. He won plaudits in the House Democratic Caucus for his tenure as the head of BOLD PAC, the Hispanic Caucus’ political arm, turning the organization into a fundraising powerhouse.
But his attempts to rise through Democratic leadership were stymied last year after House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries tapped Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) to run the DCCC. Lawmakers had just voted to allow leadership to appoint the position, rather than decide it via caucus election. Cárdenas and Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) had been the two declared candidates publicly vying for the position.
His seat is a safe Democrat seat.
Roll Call reported:
The safe Democratic seat in the San Fernando Valley is unlikely to shift the balance of power in Congress in favor of the GOP. Cárdenas endorsed Democrat Luz Rivas, an Assembly member, to succeed him, according to the Times.