Previous to becoming a member of the Home, Speier was a longtime member of California’s state legislature and a congressional aide. In 1978, when working as a workers assistant for then-Rep. Leo Ryan (D-Calif.), Speier was a part of the U.S. investigative delegation that visited the Jonestown cult group in Guyana.
The delegation was ambushed on an airstrip as its members had been trying to go away the previous British colony in South America. Ryan was shot and killed. Speier suffered 5 gunshot wounds however survived.
“Forty-three years in the past this week, I used to be mendacity on an airstrip within the jungles of Guyana with 5 bullet holes in my physique. I vowed that if I survived, I might dedicate my life to public service. I lived, and I survived,” she mentioned in a two-minute video asserting her retirement.
Speier hinted her retirement wouldn’t be the tip of her profession in politics, saying ”there’s additionally one other chapter or two in my e book of life, and I intend to contribute to you, the communities I really like, on the peninsula and in San Francisco and the nation.”
California is shedding a seat in redistricting for the primary time for the reason that state’s founding, however Speier’s deep-blue district on the San Francisco Peninsula is unlikely to be tremendously affected.
A number of different longtime members of the delegation are additionally on retirement watch because the state’s redistricting fee strikes nearer towards finalizing a brand new map, together with Democratic Reps. Grace Napolitano and Lucille Roybal-Allard. Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, in the meantime, is already vacating her seat to run for mayor of Los Angeles.
Ally Mutnick contributed to this report.