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Rep. Jackie Speier, survivor of Jonestown massacre, to retire – Los Angeles Times

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WASHINGTON — 

California Rep. Jackie Speier said Tuesday she will not run for reelection next year, the latest House Democrat to retire in the face 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 announcement that it’s “time for me to come home.”

“Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother and friend,” said Speier, who is a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pe…….

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California Rep. Jackie Speier said Tuesday she will not run for reelection next year, the latest House Democrat to retire in the face 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 announcement that it’s “time for me to come home.”

“Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother and friend,” said Speier, who is a close ally of House Speaker 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, even recounting misconduct she endured when she was a congressional aide.

This week, she co-led a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) for posting an animated video depicting the killing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The House is planning to vote on the measure Wednesday.

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

She was accompanying him on the trip and was shot five times. While lying injured on the airport tarmac, she “vowed that if I survived, I would dedicate my life to public service,” she recounted in the video. “I lived and I served.”

Few on Capitol Hill — where many members stay well into their 80s — were expecting Speier, 71, to retire. When she informed Pelosi of her decision, the House speaker told her she’s “so young,” Speier said with a laugh.

But Speier said the decision has been in the works for four years and is largely because she wants to spend time with her husband.

“He’s retired and he will, by the time I am finished, be retired for two and a half years and he wants us to do things and I respect that,” she said in an interview off the House floor. “My husband has supported my career for 20 years.”

Former California Sen. Barbara Boxer said Speier has been a committed and effective representative for decades.

“Her amazing resilience to come back from a near-death experience and to commit to public service, when public service almost killed her — that is a lasting legacy,” said Boxer, a Democrat.

She added that she understood Speier’s desire to spend more time with her family as it mirrored Boxer’s decision to retire from the U.S. Senate in 2017 after 24 years in that body and 10 years in the House.

“My view is it’s always good to retire at the top of your game,” she said. “She wants to pass the baton to those coming up behind her. I think that’s great. At some point you do have to make that decision — do you want to die on the floor of …….

Source: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-11-16/jackie-speier-to-retire-from-congress