Calif. Democrat Rep. Jackie Spier announces retirement

Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat, said the sexual harassment bill provides legal representation for employees in the House, but not the Senate. (Associated Press photograph)

Rep. Jackie Speier, California Democrat, said the sexual harassment bill provides legal representation for employees in the House, but not the Senate. (Associated Press photograph)

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UPDATED 11:15 AM PT – Tuesday, November 16, 2021

California Democrat Jackie Spier is now the 15th Democrat to announce retirement plans at the end of the term. She posted a video on Twitter Tuesday, confirming she will not seek reelection in 2022.

The 71-year old reflected on the exact moment she decided to dedicate her life to public service when she was ambushed during the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana back in 1978.

“Forty-three years ago this week, I was laying on an airstrip in the jungles of Guyana with five bullet holes in my body,” said Spier. “I vowed that if I survived I would dedicate my life to public service. I lived and I served. It has been a remarkable journey that has surpassed my wildest dreams.”

The string of Democrat retirements is a blow to the party as Republicans try to take back the House majority.

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