GOP Rep. Mike Gallagher announces retirement from House: 'Congress is no place to grow old'

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Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher announced Saturday that he will not activity re-election to his station successful nan House.

"Eight years ago, erstwhile I first ran for Congress, I promised to dainty my clip successful agency arsenic a high-intensity deployment. Through my bipartisan activity connected nan Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, chairing nan Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and chairing nan Select Committee connected nan Chinese Communist Party, we’ve accomplished much connected this deployment than I could person ever imagined," Gallagher said successful a statement.

"But nan Framers intended citizens to service successful Congress for a play and past return to their backstage lives," nan congressman continued. "Electoral authorities was ne'er expected to beryllium a profession and, spot me, Congress is nary spot to turn old. And so, pinch a dense heart, I person decided not to run for re-election."

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Earlier this week, Gallagher was 1 of conscionable 3 Republican House members to ballot against nan impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, joining pinch each House Democrats and preventing nan measurement from going forward.

In his statement, Gallagher, who has represented Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District successful nan House since 2017, besides offered his appreciation for those who supported his profession complete time.

"Thank you to nan bully group of Northeast Wisconsin for nan grant of a lifetime. Four position serving you has strengthened my condemnation that America is nan top state successful nan history of nan world. And though my title whitethorn change, my ngo will ever stay nan same: deter America’s enemies and take sides nan Constitution."

In comments provided to nan Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gallagher said he plans to time off Congress and participate nan backstage assemblage to walk much clip pinch his family.

"I really conscionable consciousness for illustration I’ve accomplished overmuch much than I moreover thought I could erstwhile I group out, and I firmly don’t judge that nan champion usage for nan adjacent section of my profession is staying successful Congress for different decade," Gallagher told nan outlet.

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"Even though my title whitethorn change, my occupation whitethorn change, my ngo is ever going to stay nan same," he added. "My ngo is to forestall World War III. I’ve dedicated myself to restoring accepted deterrence successful bid to forestall a warfare pinch China, and truthful immoderate I do adjacent will beryllium an hold of that mission."

The announcement from Gallagher, who served arsenic a United States Marine Corps intelligence officer, comes aft a fistful of different Republicans precocious announced their intentions to discontinue from Congress.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., announced Thursday that she will not beryllium seeking re-election to nan House this year, saying successful a station to societal media that "the clip has travel to service nan group of Eastern Washington successful caller ways."

Gallagher's existent word expires connected Jan. 3, 2025.