Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) announced in a statement Tuesday morning that she will not seek re-election in New York’s Congressional District 4, which is now one of three Long Island districts to be voted on without an incumbent this year.
Rice posted a message on social media stating that after 30 years in public service, she has chosen to move on from her post by not running for re-election, though she will remain an active member of Congress through the rest of her term.
“As elected officials, we must give all we have and then know when it is time to allow others to serve,” Rice wrote. “… As I turn to the next chapter of my own personal and professional story, I do so with profound thanks to the community leaders, colleagues, and staff who have lived our shared commitment to service with courage and humility.”
As I turn to the next chapter of my own personal and professional story, I do so with profound thanks to the community leaders, colleagues and staff who have lived our shared commitment to service with courage and humility. pic.twitter.com/GBVvtrWpia
— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) February 15, 2022
In addition to Rice, two other congressional leaders from Long Island will not seek re-election this year: Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) and Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), who represent New York’s Congressional Districts 1 and 3 respectively. Both men are running for governor of New York. Long Island’s remaining congressional leaders, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) and Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville), will run for re-election.
Rice made the announcement to retire from the House of Representatives on her 57th birthday. The Democratic congresswoman was previously a prosecutor and a district attorney before she was elected to serve New York’s 4th Congressional District in 2015.