PALO ALTO, Calif. (Diya TV) – Representative Anna Eshoo, a prominent Democrat representing parts of Silicon Valley, declared she will not seek reelection next year, bringing a close to her distinguished three-decade-long career in Congress.

Breaking the news on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, Eshoo shared her decision in a video, saying “I’m choosing this beautiful season of Thanksgiving to announce that I will not be seeking reelection,” she affirmed, expressing gratitude to her constituents for their support throughout the years.

Eshoo’s retirement is expected to ignite a spirited contest for her seat in California’s 16th Congressional District, encompassing Silicon Valley, San Jose, and San Mateo County. A safe Democratic seat, the 80-year-old has held it since her historic election in 1992 as the first woman and Democrat to represent the area, following a decade of service on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Joining a growing list of House Democrats opting for retirement or seeking other offices next year, Eshoo emphasized in the video announcement that her decision followed reflection on her substantial record of accomplishments. Notably, she served as a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“I’m very proud of the body of bipartisan work I’ve been able to achieve on your behalf in Congress,” Eshoo conveyed in a message to her constituents, noting her departure with over 60 bills introduced being signed into law.

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries paid tribute to Eshoo’s years of public service, stating, “It is fitting that Silicon Valley has been represented by a prolific legislator, innovator, and barrier breaker like Anna Eshoo.”

Eshoo’s retirement marks a significant shift in Silicon Valley politics, prompting speculation about potential successors. Rumored candidates include California Sen. Josh Becker, Assemblymember Evan Low, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, and former San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Former Saratoga City Councilman Rishi Kumar has run for Congress against Eshoo in the last two elections and has already announced his candidacy in 2024.