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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 12:54 PM

GOP Rep. John Katko announces he won't seek reelection

Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) said Friday he will not seek another term in Congress, becoming the third of the 10 Republicans who voted last year to impeach former president Donald Trump to announce their retirement.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Katko, 59, said that he made the decision so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way.

My conscience, principles, and commitment to do whats right have guided every decision Ive made as a Member of Congress, and they guide my decision today, said Katko, who is in his fourth term in Congress and is the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee. It is how Ive been able to unite people to solve problems, and how I was rewarded with resounding victories in every single campaign for Congress.

Katko also played a key role in crafting a bipartisan agreement to launch an independent investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. The measure was approved by the House but blocked by Republicans in the Senate.


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