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Squad member Tlaib announces bid for new district after fellow dem announces retirement

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Representative Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., announced Wednesday that instead of seeking re-election for her state’s 13th congressional district, she would choose to represent the 12th following the retirement of fellow Democratic Michigan Representative Brenda Lawrence. Will run for

Lawrence’s decision not to run for another term coincides with the map’s drawing of a new district, which Tlaib said has moved most of its current constituents to the 12th District.

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“After much deliberation with my family, residents, and my team, I am excited to announce that I will run for re-election in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District. The new 12th Congressional District has approximately two -thirds of the people I currently serve,” Tlaib said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I’m excited to continue fighting for our residents and connecting with new neighbors in Wayne and Oakland Counties.”

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He said in a tweet accompanying the statement that his current constituents were “expected” to be split into separate districts.

Tlaib, a member of the far-left group of members of the House commonly known as the “squad”, is currently serving in his second term, having taken office for the first time in 2019.

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Lawrence, who has been in office since 2015, is the 25th House Democrat to announce his retirement, as the party currently has a narrow majority in the lower house. According to Fox 2 in Detroit, she is the only black member of Michigan’s congressional delegation.

“This year marks my 30th year in elected public service, and I am privileged to serve the people of Michigan both locally and nationally,” she said in a video tweet announcing her decision. “After considering my travels and interacting with my family, I am declaring that I will not contest for Congress again.”

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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