Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii retires – makes it 12
Hawaii’s U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka will not run for reelection in 2012.
Akaka’s retirement brings to 12 the number of members of the 112th Congress — 5 Senate and 2 House Democrats and 2 Senate and 3 House Republicans that have announced plans to leave Congress on or before the January 3, 2013 end of the 112th Congress:
- Daniel Akaka (HI) Retiring
- Jeff Bingaman (NM) Retiring
- Kent Conrad (ND) Retiring
- Joe Lieberman (Independent Democrat – CT) Retiring
- Jim Webb (VA) Retiring
- Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) Retiring
- Jon Kyl (AZ) Retiring
- Jane Harman (CA) Resigning
- Christopher Murphy (CT) Running for Senate
- Jeff Flake (AZ) Running for Senate
- Chris Lee (NY) Resigned
- Denny Rehberg (MT) Running for Senate
Democrats must defend 21 of the 33 Senate seats in up for election in 2012. Counting the two so-called Independents who caucus with the Democrats, Akaka’s departure means five of those seats will be up for grabs without a Democrat incumbent.
The Democrats’ 53-47 Senate majority is looking more and more precarious.
From Right Side Politics’ 112th Congress critter departure watch.