Tenth district Rep. Jennifer Wexton will not seek reelection
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Tenth district Representative Jennifer Wexton announced today that she will not seek reelection because of health concerns.
Just a few months ago, Wexton was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In a statement she released today, she said her doctor had "modified her diagnosis to supranuclear palsy -- a kind of 'Parkinson's on steroids.'"
In 2018, Wexton beat Republican Barbara Comstock. This win flipped her district and helped Democrats retake control of the House. Wexton won reelection in 2020 and in 2022. But without her as an incumbent in 2024, J. Miles Coleman with the UVA Center for Politics says the district could be up for grabs.
"I would say we are looking at a pretty crowded, potentially crowded Democratic primary there next year and maybe a crowded primary on the Republican side as well for a district that is probably going to favor whichever Democrat emerges from the primary, but we'll see who the Republicans can put up," says Coleman.
Wexton was a member of the state senate before running against Comstock. During her time in Congress, she served as a member of the appropriations and budget committees.
The 10th district spans from some of the western DC suburbs of Leesburg and Loudoun County and south through Fauquier County. The district also contains a fraction of Fairfax County.
In her statement, she said she will spend her quote "valued time" with family and friends after leaving office next year.