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Johnson, who was elected to represent the Dallas, Texas area in Congress in 1993, announced during an event on Saturday that her current term would be her last.
The 85-year-old Texas Democrat did not endorse a replacement but said she hopes that she will be replaced by a woman.
“I will recommend to you who is the best to follow me,” Johnson said. “My goal is to look for a female that is qualified. Anyone who has already been rejected in this district will not be getting my endorsement.”
A spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee reacted to the news by suggesting it is a sign the Democratic Party is in trouble heading into the midterms.
“Committee chairs rarely retire unless their party is about to lose the majority. Smart Democrats know their majority is doomed because their policies have led to rising costs, skyrocketing crime, and a massive surge at the border,” NRCC Spokesman Mike Berg said.
Johnson’s retirement is unlikely to affect the balance in power in Congress as she represents a solid blue district that handed her a 60-point win over her Republican challenger in 2020. President Biden carried Dallas County by 30 points over former President Donald Trump.