Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) announced that she would not seek re-election to Congress in 2020. In a Twitter post, Gabbard said she was fully committed to her presidential campaign and would not be running for her U.S. House seat as a result. She was first elected to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in 2012 and won re-election in 2018 with more than 77 percent of the vote.
Gabbard is the seventh Democratic member of the U.S. House to announce she would not be running for re-election in 2020 and is the second one to do so in October. Eighteen Republican members of the U.S. House are not running for re-election in 2020. In the 2018 election cycle, 52 members of the U.S. House—18 Democrats and 34 Republicans—did not seek re-election.
Currently, Democrats hold a 235-199 majority in the U.S. House with one independent member of the chamber. In November 2020, all 435 seats will be up for election.