- Rep. Mike Gallagher said Saturday that he will not seek re-election.
- Mr. Gallagher was one of only four House Republicans to vote against Mr. Mayorkas' impeachment.
- He served as chairman of the Chinese Communist Party Committee, which was established last year.
Mike Gallagher, a 39-year-old Wisconsin congressman who has been considered a rising star in the Republican Party, will seek re-election days after rejecting his party's push to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. I'm not going.
Mr. Gallagher is a Marine Corps veteran and a key force in the House's efforts to push back against the Chinese government. made an announcement X on Saturday.
“When I first ran for Congress, I promised to treat my tenure as an intensive deployment,” he said. “Through my bipartisan work on the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, as chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Committee, and as chair of the Communist Party of China Select Committee, we have It has accomplished more than I ever imagined.”
“But the framers intended for the people to serve as legislators for one season and then return to private life,” he continued. “Electoral politics was never meant to be a career, and believe me, Congress is not the place to grow old.”
The statement did not mention Gallagher's decision to vote against Mayorkas' impeachment, a long-standing priority for House Republicans furious at the Biden administration's failure to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. It has not been.
But the vote only exacerbates the fragile nature of Republicans' razor-thin House majority, and even a few defections could mean defeat for major legislation.
Earlier this month, Mayorkas' vote was rejected 214-216, with Gallagher and three other Republicans joining all House Democrats in rejecting impeachment of the chief justice. (Republicans plan to move the vote forward again, given the impending return of House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana.)
Last June, Gallagher announced he would not run against incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a major blow to Republicans in the battleground state.