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GOP Rep. John Katko, who voted to impeach Trump, won’t seek reelection

FILE — Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., questions Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor as he testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security meeting on Capitol Hill, in Washington, July 22, 2020. Katko, who has represented central New York in Congress for four terms, announced on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, that he will not seek reelection this year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File) Andrew Harnik/AP

GOP Rep. John Katko, who voted to impeach Trump, won’t seek reelection

Kate Scanlon January 14, 12:59 PMJanuary 14, 01:07 PM

Rep. John Katko, who frequently tilted against the pro-Donald Trump sentiment of his House GOP colleagues, announced Friday he will not seek reelection in November.

“I have decided not to seek reelection to Congress, so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way,” said Katko, first elected to his Syracuse, New York-area district in 2014.

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Katko was one of just 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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Katko also voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill pushed by President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats. And Katko, a former federal prosecutor, negotiated details to form an independent Jan. 6 commission that was later spiked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The 24th Congressional District in the Syracuse area could undergo significant changes in the state’s redistricting process, which is controlled by Democrats. Without Katko, the district is much more likely to be won by a Democrat, giving the party an opportunity to gain a seat as it tries to defend its majority in November.

In the statement announcing his decision, Katko said, “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.”

Katko said some of his success in his effort includes the “long-needed and bipartisan” infrastructure bill, as well as “addressing drug addiction and mental health, lowering taxes on the middle class, leading efforts to secure our homeland and keep this country safe — and far too many others to mention.”

“This experience has been rewarding in ways I never thought possible,” he said. “During this same time, I have been blessed beyond belief with family, health, and the most loving and patient wife on earth. Over the course of the past three years, my wife Robin and I buried all four of our parents. To say that those gut-wrenching times provided life-changing perspective for me is putting it mildly.”

Trump took notice Friday of Katko’s retirement announcement.

“Great news, another one bites the dust. Katko, from Upstate New York, is gone!” the former president said in a statement issued minutes after Katko’s.

Katko appeared to address some of his votes that were controversial among members of his party and Trump, adding, “My conscience, principles, and commitment to do what’s right have guided every decision I’ve made as a Member of Congress, and they guide my decision today. It is how I’ve been able to unite people to solve problems, and how I was rewarded with resounding victories in every single campaign for Congress.”

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Katko called his time in Congress “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 said.

Katko is the sixth House Republican who is retiring after the 2022 elections, along with 18 House Democrats.

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