On October 10, Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY17/Westchester and Rockland), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced that she will not seek re-election next year in the following statement:
“After 31 years in the United States Congress, representing the people of Westchester, Rockland, Queens and the Bronx, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2020.
“It is my deep honor and privilege to serve my community and my country, and I will always be grateful to the people who have entrusted me to represent them.
“I am proud of the help my office has provided to thousands of constituents on matters ranging from health insurance and veterans’ benefits to Social Security and student loans.
“As a long-time Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have secured funding to clean up and protect Long Island Sound and the Hudson River; increase access to Head Start, afterschool programs, and community health centers for thousands of local children and families; provide New York’s fair share of homeland security assistance; and make the commute across the Hudson easier and safer on the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. In difficult times, including after September 11th and Superstorm Sandy, I have fought hard in Washington for federal assistance to recover and rebuild.
“I authored legislation to institute the .08 standard of enforcement for drunk driving, which has dramatically reduced DWI fatalities. My legislation to require commonsense, clear allergy information on food labels has improved and saved countless lives. I am also proud of my successful efforts to require contraceptive insurance coverage for federal employees and to dramatically increase investments and gender equity in federal medical research.
“As the Chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee that writes the foreign aid bill, I have advanced record funding for women’s health and basic education - especially for girls - around the world, a strong U.S.-Israel relationship with bipartisan support, and other investments that support American interests abroad.
“I am honored that my colleagues in Congress elected me as the first Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and will fight vigorously for House Democratic priorities as I negotiate spending bills for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
“I am especially thankful for the dedication and wisdom of my current and former staff in New York, in Washington, and on the House Appropriations Committee. Partnerships with countless advocates, leaders, and elected officials in New York and Washington have been invaluable. I look forward to more time with my husband Steve and our family, who have strongly supported my career in public service.
“Thank you to the people of my district for the opportunity to serve. I will continue working as hard as ever – with the same optimism and energy – through the end of this term in Congress.”
On October 10, Governor Andrew Cuomo has addressed the announcement by Congresswoman Nita Lowey on her website of her decision not to seek re-election in 2020. She has indicated her desire to spend more time with her family.
"Congresswoman Lowey has faithfully been serving New York's 17th congressional district with strength, determination and grace for 31 years - and I speak for countless New Yorkers when I say we are eternally grateful for her unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those around her,” Cuomo stated.
"As the first woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey is a true trailblazer who worked tirelessly to secure funding for critical projects in her district, improve public safety and advocate for women, children and families.
"Like my father before me, I have had the pleasure of working alongside Congresswoman Lowey and consider her to be a true partner in making New York a better place. I was extremely proud to work with her on the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and other projects that have made real and lasting impacts on the daily lives of New Yorkers. I look forward to continuing our work together over the next year as we fight to build a better New York for all.
"On behalf of the New York family, I thank the Congresswoman for her continued service and dedication to the state and to the nation and wish her the best in this next chapter. She will always be a dear friend to me - just as she was to my father - and to my entire family, and I look forward to our continued friendship in our years to come."
County Executive George Latimer echoed the Governor’s sentiments by also stating, “Westchester County owes a heartfelt thank you to US Congresswoman Nita Lowey for her years of dedication to this County, and love of the people who live here. She is one of our own, a proud Westchester resident who has fiercely advocated to make her district everyone’s top priority. Her impact will be felt for generations and her energy, quick wit and warm smile has become a fixture in Westchester. Her presence as our representative in Congress will be sorely missed.”