Rep. Jackie Speier, a survivor of the Jonestown massacre, is retiring

California Rep. Jackie Speier said Tuesday she would not run for re-election next year, the latest House Democrat to withdraw in light of what could be a difficult election cycle for the party.

Speier, who has represented San Mateo County and San Francisco since 2008, said in a video message that it’s “time for me to come home.”

“Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mom, and friend,” said Speier, who is a close ally of House President Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco).

While in Congress, Speier (D-Hillsborough) has been an advocate for women’s equality, LGBTQ rights and the #MeToo movement, and has even talked about offenses she endured when she was a congressional assistant.

This week, she was at the forefront of a decision to criticize the rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) For posting an animated video depicting the killing of the rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.).

Speier said she committed her life to public service 43 years ago this week in the wake of the assassination of her then-boss, Rep. Leo J. Ryan, at the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana.

She was with him on the trip and was shot five times. While lying wounded on the airport tarmac, “she promised that if I survived, I would dedicate my life to public service,” she told the video. “I lived and I served.”

Before running for Congress, she was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the state Legislature.

Speier’s decision to leave the Bay Area Congressional district is likely to immediately start jockeying to become her successor, who is almost certain to be a Democrat, even after the redistrict.

Still, her departure can only boost speculation that House Democrats are seeking the exits because they believe Republicans will take control of the House next year. The first midterm election in a presidential term is typically difficult for the presidential party. And the Democrats do not have much room for error and have a majority with 221 seats compared to the Republicans’ 213.

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