Numerous House Members Exiting the Chamber
Several coveted committee seats will be vacant in 2024 as over 30 members of Congress exit the House, prompting a scramble for sought-after spots in the next Congress. The retirement wave in the past few weeks has included a former speaker, long-serving members in vulnerable districts, and influential dealmakers. At least 18 seats on influential committees (Appropriations, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, and Rules) will open by 2025 when members forgo re-election, resign, or seek other office. These departures, plus the possibility that control of the House could flip after next year’s election, adds to the uncertainty for members of Congress and congressional staff. This changing dynamic will leave newer members vying for seats on retiring members’ committees and could provide opportunities for them to elevate their policy portfolios.