Democrat infighting over spending bill contributed to decision to retire, Texas Dem says

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  • Source: Fox News
  • 11/26/2021
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, the 85-year-old Texas Democrat, who recently announced that she will not seek reelection, said in an interview that party infighting over President Biden’s social spending bill contributed to her decision.

Johnson told CBS DFW on Tuesday that the decision was not easy and some leaders were asking that she reconsider. But she told the station that she is getting older, and also pointed to the fight over Biden’s social spending bill. 

"You begin to question the why when you get to a point where our party is not as together as you’d like it to be, like you’ve experienced," she said. Her office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

Her decision not to run for reelection prompted representatives from both sides of the aisle to praise her service. Rep. Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla., served with her on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.