Veteran Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) plans to announce his retirement on Monday, a source with knowledge of his decision said, setting off what is sure to be a crowded race for a safely Democratic seat.
McDermott, 79, has represented Washington’s 7th Congressional District, which covers much of Seattle, since 1989. McDermott served from 1993 to 1995 as chairman of the House Ethics Committee and has a coveted seat on the House Ways and Means Committee. He spent much of his career working on aid issues in Africa.
State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D) announced late last year he would run for McDermott’s seat whether or not the incumbent sought another term. With McDermott out, the list of possible successors is certain to grow. King County Councilmember Joe McDermott (D), no relation to the congressman, and state Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D) are among those likely to take steps toward a bid, Seattle Democrats said.