Rep. Brenda Lawrence becomes 25th House Democrat to retire

But the former mayor of Southfield, Michigan, had raised suspicions that she would not run again after the state’s new congressional card abandoned its two majority-minority districts – effectively removing her current seat.

In the reshuffle, Lawrence’s hometown of Southfield was relocated to a borough now represented by MP Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.). While Dingell said she was looking for a new borough in Ann Arbor, Lawrence had privately told his colleagues that she wasn’t sure about running in Dingell’s previous borough, and complained about the division of the black-majority neighborhoods on the, according to Democratic sources Map. Lawrence is the only black member of the Michigan congressional delegation.

A number of Black Michigan state lawmakers say they are suing the state’s Independent Redistribution Commission, asking a court to throw out the new congress card on redrawing the Detroit area headquarters.

Lawrence spent Tuesday calling her colleagues while she debated whether or not to run again in November, sources familiar with the talks said. She informed the leadership of her decision on Tuesday evening.

Nicholas Wu and Ally Mutnick contributed to this report.

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