Two Congressmen announce 2020 retirements

Reps. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) and Tom Graves (R-Ga.) announced this week that they will not run for re-election n 2020.
 
In a statement issued on Dec. 4, Heck did not give a reason for his retirement but said he planned on writing at least two books. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2012 representing Washington’s 10th Congressional District. He won re-election in 2018 by 23 percentage points.
 
In a statement issued on Dec. 5, Graves cited his desire to spend more time with his family as a reason for his retirement. Graves was first elected to represent Georgia’s 14th Congressional District in June 2010. He won re-election in 2018 by 53 percentage points.
 
As of Graves’ announcement, these were the ninth Democratic and 21st Republican U.S. House retirements in the 2020 election cycle. In the 2018 election cycle, 52 members of the U.S. House—18 Democrats and 34 Republicans—did not seek re-election.
 
Democrats hold a 233-197 majority in the U.S. House with one independent member of the chamber. In November 2020, all 435 seats will be up for election.
 
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