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Rep. Brenda Lawrence becomes 25th House Democrat to retire

Rep. Brenda Lawrence announced Tuesday night she would not seek reelection to her Detroit-area district, becoming the 25th House Democrat to retire this cycle.

The four-term Michigan lawmaker had climbed the ranks of the powerful House Appropriations panel, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus, since arriving in the Capitol in 2015. She also narrowly lost an election for a caucus-wide leadership election two years ago, so her decision to step aside — first reported by the Detroit News — surprised some of her colleagues.

“Today, after reflecting on my journey — and oh, my goodness, what a journey — and having conversations with my family, I am announcing that I will not be seeking reelection to Congress,” Lawrence said in a video to supporters on Tuesday night.

But the former mayor of Southfield, Mich., had raised some suspicion that she wouldn’t run again, after the state’s new congressional map ditched its two majority-minority districts — virtually eliminating her current seat.

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