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Want to know the next House Member to retire? Look here.

Updated 11:19 a.m.

Two more House lawmakers have announced plans to step down this week -- Reps. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.) -- adding to a growing list of Democrats and Republicans in both chambers planning to hang it up after this year. So far, there's no broad trend to this year's planned retirements other than a few who are close to top leaders and several who are older, have served for several decades and believe that Democrats have no hope of retaking the House anytime soon.

Aides in both parties and both chambers say they don't know how many more members might retire but that there are more retirements to come. So when might those announcements come? A quick gander at upcoming filing deadlines helps maps out when we might get official word.

With a big hat tip to the good folks at The Green Papers, who track key electioneering dates, here's a look at upcoming filing deadlines for Democratic and GOP candidates in congressional races -- and the names of some folks who've been rumored to be contemplating retirement.


25th: Maryland

28th: North Carolina


1st: Mississippi: If Sen. Thad Cochran (R) feels any heat from his tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, this might be his opportunity to bow out.

3rd: Arkansas and Nebraska

7th: California and Georgia: Several Californians have already announced plans to depart and several more fit the description of those already planning to go -- GOP committee chairmen, people close to top leaders, and people who've served for several decades. In Georgia, keep tabs on Rep. John Barrow (D), the most endangered Democratic incumbent, who many thought might announce plans retire than run the risk of losing a reelection bid.

10th: Montana

11th: New Mexico, Oregon and Pennsylvania: Do any of the remaining Pennsylvania House Republicans join other moderates like Jim Gerlach (R) and Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), from across the Delaware River, in announcing plans to bow out?

14th: Idaho, Iowa and Nevada: Does Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), a close ally of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) who's facing a tea party challenger, join another Boehner ally, Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), in heading for the exits?

17th: Maine

20th: Utah

25th: Missouri, South Dakota

27th: Virginia

30th: South Carolina

31st: Colorado, New Jersey


3rd: Tennessee

7th: North Dakota

10th: New York: Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) is a long-time member who many thought might retire during the last cycle -- but aides say she's staying put. They even cited a reference to her work on curbing sexual assaults in the military that earned a shoutout in Episode 17 of the second season of "House of Cards."

11th: Oklahoma

22nd: Michigan The big one to watch here is Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who many believe is on the verge of announcing plans to step down after the longest congressional career in history. Also keep an eye on Rep. John Conyers (D), the second-longest serving lawmaker currently in office.


2nd: Florida

6th: Massachusetts

16th: Washington

28th: Arizona

30th: Wyoming


2nd: Alaska, Kansas, Wisconsin

3rd: Hawaii, Minnesota: Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) hasn't said either way, but has been mentioned as a potential retiree.

10th: Connecticut: Two confidantes of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hail from the Nutmeg State -- Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). Just sayin'.

12th: Vermont

13th: New Hampshire

25th: Rhode Island


8th: Delaware


22nd: Louisiana

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.



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