Who will control Congress? House departures set up uncertain future for chamber's balance

WASHINGTON – After a bitter and eventful year on Capitol Hill, 40 members of the House of Representatives have announced they'll retire in 2023.

The departures could set up a sea change on Capitol Hill. The partisan tilt of the retirements – 26 Democrats leaving office versus 14 Republicans – has fueled debate among lawmakers and analysts over the governing party's prospects for holding onto power in the 2022 midterm elections.

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