Retirements from U.S. House Looking Scarce

Posted September 3, 2009 at 12:56pm

It’s not a particularly popular time to be an incumbent member of Congress, but it’s not looking like many House members are so fed up that they’re ready to retire from political life after the 2010 elections.

We’re nearing the end of the long summer congressional recess, and not one House member has yet announced plans to seek the non-political life at the end of next year. (Seventeen House members aren’t seeking re-election, but they all are seeking other political offices).

Yes, there are still 14 months until the November 2010 elections, and inevitably there will be retirement announcements. But there probably will be fewer than the 26 House members who retired outright after the 2008 elections.