Alana Sage |
Friday, January 14, 2022
Representative John Katko announced Friday that he will not seek a fifth term to represent New York’s 24th congressional district.
The Republican – one of 10 in the House to vote for former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment – said he was retiring to spend more time with his family.
“For the past 32 years, I have dedicated my life to protecting and serving our community and our country. First as a federal prosecutor, and now as a member of Congress, my mission has been to unite people in order to solve serious problems,” Katko said in a statement posted to his campaign Facebook page.
“Representing Central New York in Congress – solving real problems and tirelessly championing bipartisanship – has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime. It is with deep gratitude to my colleagues, my staff, my supporters , my team and the people of the 24th New York Congress District that I am thrilled to begin this next and greatest chapter of my life alongside Robin and our family.”
Katko is the 14th Republican in Congress — and the third in 10 to vote to impeach Trump — to announce a departure from Congress. Representatives. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois and Antoine González from Ohio are also retiring.
Trump, a fellow New York native, applauded Katko’s retirement in a statement.
“Good news, another bites the dust. Katko from upstate New York is gone!”
The redistricting also weighed on Katko’s seat, as New York’s Democratic-led legislature recently rejected maps proposed by a bipartisan commission and could take broader control of the district’s drawing.
Twenty-six House Democrats have announced their departure from Congress so far, in what is expected to be a tough election year for the party.
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