Representative John Katko (R., N.Y.), one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump last year, announced Friday that he will not run for reelection.
Katko, who has represented a Democrat-leaning district in upstate New York since 2015, announced his retirement, explaining that he wants to be more present with his family.
“I have been blessed beyond belief with family, health, and the most loving and patient wife on earth,” Katko said in a statement. “That’s why, after 32 years of public service, I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress, so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way.”
“It is with profound gratitude for my colleagues, staff, supporters, team, and the people of New York’s 24th Congressional District that I am thrilled to begin this next and best chapter of my life alongside Robin and our family,” he said.
Katko is now the third House Republican to support Trump’s impeachment-to-retire, following Representatives Adam Kinzinger (Illinois) and Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio). The New York Republican is also the 39th member of the House of Representatives — and the 13th Republican — to decline to run for reelection.
Trump called Katko’s announcement “great news” on Friday, adding: “Another