The chair of the House budget committee has played a central role in advancing President Biden’s agenda
Democrats have used a special budget process called reconciliation to advance pieces of legislation that put Mr. Yarmuth’s budget panel at the center of many of the party’s policy debates, including raising the minimum wage and through the process. Includes approving immigration reform.
In a video announcing his retirement, Mr Yarmuth, who is 73, said he is retiring because he wants to spend more time with his family.
“Frankly, I didn’t expect to be in Congress for so long. I always said I couldn’t imagine being here for more than 10 years.
Mr Yarmuth is the latest House Democrat to say he will retire in 2022, when Republicans favor winning back control of the House. Reps. Several members of competing districts, including Ron Kind (D., Wis.) and Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.), have said they do not seek re-election.
In a statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) thanked Mr. Yarmuth for his time in the House.
“When Speaker Yarmuth retires at the end of his term, Congress will lose a highly respected member and our caucus will lose a friend whose wise advice, expertise, humor and warmth are cherished,” she wrote.