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Rep. Anna Eshoo, the longtime representative for key swaths of Silicon Valley, does not plan to seek reelection in 2024.

Rep. Anna Eshoo, the longtime representative for key swaths of Silicon Valley, does not plan to seek reelection in 2024.

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Rep. Anna Eshoo, the longtime representative for key swaths of Silicon Valley, will not seek reelection in 2024, she announced Tuesday.

“I will not seek reelection, and I do so with a heart filled with unending gratitude to you, my magnificent constituents,” she said in a video message. “For three decades, you’ve given me your trust, and I’ve given every fiber of my being to live up to the sacred trust in every way possible.”

Rep. Kevin Mullin of San Mateo, whose district borders Eshoo’s, called her a “living legend for the Peninsula and Silicon Valley.” lauded Eshoo for setting “the standard for constituent service and delivering for her district. She is universally respected and revered, and her district and the Congress has benefited greatly from her steady and moral leadership during some (of) the most challenging times our country has faced,” he told the Chronicle.

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Eshoo will be 82 when she retires and will leave open a critical role on one of the most powerful House committees, Energy and Commerce. That committee has extensive jurisdiction over telecommunications, technology, food and drug safety, public health, energy and interstate commerce. Eshoo lost a bid to lead the full committee in 2014 (having received Pelosi’s backing), but has been a key part of major health legislation in her role as the top Democrat on the health subcommittee.

She began her elected career in politics as a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 1982. She was elected to the House in 1992 when then-Rep. Tom Campbell gave up his seat to run for the Senate.

Eshoo will serve out the remainder of her term, which ends in December 2024. 

“I want you to know, you’ve made me a better person. You have deepened my love of democracy, you have demonstrated the goodness and the decency of the American people over and over again,” Eshoo said in the video. “So on this Thanksgiving, I will bow my head and say thank you for choosing me for the high privilege of representing you.”

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., praised Eshoo as a “prolific legislator, innovator and barrier breaker” Tuesday. “For more than three decades, Rep. Anna Eshoo has ably represented her constituents in the Bay Area during an era of tremendous growth and change,” he said in a statement. “As a member of Congress, Anna has exemplified Silicon Valley’s hallmark innovation and brilliance at every step of her public service journey.”

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Eshoo’s retirement is part of a substantial turnover in Bay Area women politicians over the last year. Former Rep. Jackie Speier of San Mateo and the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein retired from Congress, Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi stepped down from her leadership position last November and Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland is running for the open Senate seat.

“Anna’s retirement from the Congress next year, combined with Jackie Speier’s prior departure from Congress to return home to San Mateo County, signals a remarkable transition for Peninsula politics,” Mullin, who was elected to replace Speier, told the Chronicle.

Her announcement will set off a scramble among politicians who have not had a shot at an open Palo Alto House seat in three decades.

One person likely to run is Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. He does have $681,003 cash on hand in his House fundraising account — more than Eshoo does ($599,672), according to campaign filings. But Simitian, 70, told the Chronicle earlier this year that he wouldn’t run as long as Eshoo remained in office. Not only are they friends and allies, Simitian said, but “she introduced me to my wife.”

“My plans for the future have been shared previously,” Simitian said Tuesday. “But right now, I think the focus should be on taking a moment to say thanks to Anna for a really remarkable career of public service.”

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Another likely candidate will be Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Sunnyvale, who has served nearly a decade in the Legislature after representing the city of Campbell on its City Council for eight years. He would not be permitted to run for reelection to the Assembly if he runs for Congress. He owns a home in Campbell, which is in the district, and could move back there.

Both Simitian and Low are expected to make announcements next week.

Look for supporters of Low, 40, to make age a factor in the battle against Simitian, 70, in a year when the issue will be front and center in the likely presidential election match up between President Joe Biden, 80, and Republican Donald Trump, 77. 

And look for backers of Simitian to point out that Simitian has represented 85 percent of the congressional district over the more than two decades that he served in the Assembly, state Senate and on the Board of Supervisors. Low doesn’t live in the district, but that is not a requirement for House races. 

Eshoo’s retirement came as a surprise to some observers. She hasn’t stopped fundraising, having raised $519,714 in the first nine months of the year, according to Federal Elections Commission filings.

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Unlike several of her Bay Area colleagues, Eshoo wasn’t certain that she would run for reelection when asked in July. She told the Chronicle she was “inclined to,” but that she would likely be influenced by whether Pelosi decided to run again (Pelosi announced in September that she would). The two have been friends since the mid-1970s, long before they served in the House together.

“Oh, I just can’t imagine myself being there without her. But I think that I’m not the only one that thinks that,” Eshoo said in July. 

Reach Shira Stein: shira.stein@sfchronicle.com; Twitter: @shiramstein, reach Joe Garofoli: jgarofoli@sfchronicle.com; Twitter: @joegarofoli





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