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Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced in a video posted on her Twitter account Tuesday that she will not be a candidate for re-election to Congress. 

“It’s time for me to come home,” Speier said in the video. “Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother and friend. It has been an extraordinary privilege and honor to represent the people of San Mateo County and San Francisco at almost every level of government for nearly four decades. I have been deeply touched by your support in good times and bad.”

A Democrat, she has served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 14th congressional district—which covers most of San Mateo County and the southwest quarter of San Francisco—since 2008.

The draft map for 2022 and beyond for new congressional and state legislative districts released this month is identical to the existing district so it’ll largely be the same constituency deciding on a replacement

The district remains nearly identical to the draft maps for new congressional and state legislative districts released this month by California’s bipartisan redistricting commission 

In the video, she pointed to the start of her career as a congressional staff for Rep. Leo Ryan when she visited the site of the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana in 1978. Ryan was shot and killed.

“Forty three years ago this week I was on a lying on an air strip in the jungles of Guyana with five bullet holes in my body,” she said. “I vowed if I survived I would dedicate my life to public service. I lived and I served. It has been a remarkable journey that has surpassed my wildest dreams.”

Speier has also served as a California state assembly member, California state senator and U.S. representative for California’s 12th congressional district.

Speier was born in San Francisco and graduated from Mercy High School in Burlingame. She earned a B.A. from UC Davis and a J.D. from UC Hastings.