California Democratic Representative Jackie Speier she will not be a candidate for re-election to Congress on Tuesday morning.
“It’s time for me to come home,” Speier said. “Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother and friend.”
“It has been an extraordinary privilege and honor to represent the people of San Mateo County and San Francisco at almost every level of government for nearly four decades. I have been deeply touched by your support in good times and bad.” Speier continued.
Prior to serving in Congress, Speier, who is 71, survived the Jonestown massacre in 1978, where more than 900 people died in a mass murder-suicide. CNN reported that at the time, Speier was a congressional staffer for then-Rep. Leo J. Ryan. Speier was shot five times on a remote airstrip in Guyana, South America in an attack that also left the congressman and four others dead as they tried to escape, an experience she highlighted in her retirement announcement.
“Forty-three years ago this week, I was lying on an airstrip in the jungles of Guyuna with five bullet holes in my body,” Speier said in a video on her Twitter account. “I vowed that if I survived, I would dedicate my live to public service.”
While in Washington, Speier has been especially focused on issues of sexual assault and harassment, including in the military and in Congress itself. She serves on the Oversight and Reform, Intelligence and Armed Services committees.
In a statement on Jackie Speier’s retirement, Nancy Pelosi said
“Her courageous and values-based leadership, particularly on behalf of the women, survivors and the vulnerable, has made a difference in the lives of countless Americans and has strengthened our nation,” and it “has been my personal honor to share representation of San Francisco with her.””
Congresswoman Jackie Speier joins The Pat Thurston Show to explain why she will not run for re-election in 2022.
Pat Thurston talks to callers about Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s decision to not run for re-election in 2022.