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GOP Rep. John Katko, who voted to impeach Trump, says he won’t seek re-election

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GOP Rep. John Katko, who voted to impeach Trump, says he won’t seek re-election

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Rep. John Katko, RN.Y., who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, said Friday he would not run again.

“My conscience, my principles, and my commitment to doing what’s right have guided every decision I’ve made as a member of Congress, and they guide my decision today,” Katko wrote in a Facebook post, adding that he plans to “enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way.

A four-term congressman, Katko was one of the few House Republicans to cross party lines for notable votes over the past year, including voting in favor of the infrastructure bill. $550 billion from President Joe Biden and removing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from committee assignments for inflammatory comments.

Katko, the senior member of the Homeland Security Committee, reached a compromise agreement last year with panel chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., for an equally divided bipartisan commission to investigate the 6 January against the Capitol. The deal was called off after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who would have tasked Katko with proposing the compromise plan, urged members to vote against it.

Katko was also one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump last year for inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6. He is the third to announce he will not run again, joining Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio.

Katko didn’t endorse Trump in 2016 but did in 2020, while telling voters in his battleground district that he liked Trump’s policies but not his personality.

“Of course Trump is a jerk,” Katko said at a campaign forum in October 2020. “And of course, I mean, I don’t like him as a person. I don’t like his rhetoric. I don’t like his lack of discipline. I’m more concerned about your wallet. I’m more concerned about your economic opportunity. And I’m more concerned about where we’re going as a country.

Trump celebrated Katko’s announcement in a statement, saying, “Good news, another bites the dust.”

GOP Rep. John Katko, who voted to impeach Trump, says he won’t seek re-election

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