Representative John Katko (R-NY24), one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for the second time, stated on Friday that he would not seek re-election in November.
After voting to impeach Trump for encouraging the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists last January, Katko has suffered a reaction from many in the Republican Party.
In a letter issued to news organizations, the four-time congressman and former federal prosecutor said he will not seek re-election to a second two-year term in Congress “so that I can enjoy my family and life more fully and now.”
“For the past 32 years, I’ve devoted my life to protecting and serving our community and our country. First as a federal prosecutor, and now as a Member of Congress, it has been my mission to unite people in order to solve serious problems,” Katco stated on his campaign’s Facebook page.
“Representing Central New York in Congress—solving real problems, and relentlessly championing bipartisanship—has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime. 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 also angered conservatives by voting for the Jan. 6 selection committee to investigate the hurricane’s impact on the Capitol and the bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed the Senate. As a result, Katko faced at least one prominent Republican opponent in this year’s midterm elections.
Katko is the 14th Republican to resign from Congress and the third of ten who voted to impeach Trump. Representatives Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio have also announced their retirements.
He said in his statement that he wanted to spend more time with his family after three “gut-wrenching” years in which he and his wife buried all four of their parents.
Katko’s seat is also affected by redistricting, as the New York Democratic-led legislature has rejected recommended designs from a bipartisan committee and may take greater control of the county map-making.
In what is predicted to be a challenging election year for the Democratic Party, 26 House Democrats have already announced their resignation from Congress.