Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has announced that she will not seek reelection when her term ends in 2024, leaving a potentially competitive Senate seat open for Republicans to target.
Stabenow, a prominent member of Democratic Senate leadership, made the announcement Thursday morning. In her statement, she noted that she wanted to make room for new political leaders.
“After 20 years in the U.S. Senate, I am inspired by a new generation of leaders and ready to pass the torch,” Stabenow said in her statement. She also posted her decision on her Twitter, noting that it was her time to move on and allow for new voices to take the lead.
Inspired by a new generation of leaders, I have decided to pass the torch in the U.S. Senate. I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election and will leave the U.S. Senate at the end of my term on January 3, 2025.— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) January 5, 2023
Read my full statement:https://t.co/qYJE6lyRJ3 pic.twitter.com/Fq659Aevs0
Stabenow’s term in office is set to end on January 3, 2025, and there is sure to be a competitive race to fill her seat. Michigan is a swing state, and Stabenow has been a reliable vote for the Democratic Party, so her decision to not run again could be a major blow to the party’s efforts to maintain control of the Senate.
This news is just breaking, and updates may follow in the coming days. Regardless, it is certain that Stabenow’s decision to not seek reelection in 2024 will have major implications for the upcoming election.