Congressman John Yarmuth, who has represented Louisville for eight terms in the US House, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2022. Yarmuth, the sitting chairman of the House Budget Committee, made the announcement through a video posted on his Twitter account, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
“It’s been an incredible journey since my first campaign in 2006 until now,” Yarmuth said. “I will continue to fight for Louisville in Washington for another 15 months, and then, I will retire from Congress.”
Less than 10 minutes after Yarmuth’s announcement, Kentucky State Senator Morgan McGarvey announced on Twitter his intentions to run to fill the vacant seat in 2022. McGarvey is the current Kentucky Senate Minority Leader representing the 19th Senate District in Louisville.
But McGarvey will not be the only Democrat seeking to represent Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional House District in D.C. State Representative Attica Scott, also of Louisville, announced her intentions to run for the seat back in July.
Yarmuth’s first Congressional campaign was in 2006, when he unseated five-term GOP incumbent Anne Northrup.