Today, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) released the following statement after Congresswoman Kathy Manning (NC-06) announced she will not file for re-election in 2024:

“Since we were both elected to Congress in 2020, I have had the distinct honor and privilege of serving alongside Congresswoman Kathy Manning. As a champion for reproductive health care and access to contraception, Congresswoman Manning has been an invaluable leader and a critical partner in the fight for women’s rights. I am grateful for the intelligence and persistence she brought to the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Education & the Workforce as well as her unwavering dedication to the people of our great state.

“On a personal level, I am also thankful for Kathy’s friendship and for her exceptional warmth, humor, spirit, and strength. It has truly been an honor to serve alongside her for the past three years. I look forward to continuing to work together to get results for North Carolina – both for the remainder of this term and in the next chapter of her career.

“It’s important to note that Kathy’s decision was compelled by the extreme partisan gerrymander enacted by Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly. Their egregious congressional map is silencing the voices of voters across our state. The people of North Carolina are losing a highly effective, bipartisan legislator because of this assault on our democracy.”