You will have a new person to vote for in this fall election for the United States House of Representatives after Rep. Mike Gallagher announced on Saturday that he would not be seeing re-election for WIsconsin's Eighth District. In his statement, he said the framers of the United States Constitution never intended serving in Congress as a lifelong profession. "The Framers intended citizens to serve in Congress for a season and then return to their private lives," Gallagher said. "Electoral politics was never supposed to be a career, and, trust me, Congress is no place to grow old." Referring to his military past, he called back to his belief that he was to treat his time in Congress as a "high-intensity deployment," which included his bipartisan work on the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, chairing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and chairing the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. He ended his statement by saying thank you to his constituents and emphasizing his belief that the United States is the greatest country in the world. "Though my title may change, my mission will always remain the same: deter America’s enemies and defend the Constitution," Gallagher said.
Gallagher has been under fire this week after voting against the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, angering his colleagues on the House floor and local GOP outposts. He said that his vote would not change the swell of illegal immigration at the southern border, and he feared supporting the measure would lower the bar for future impeachment votes.
UPDATE: Shortly after Gallagher's announcement, former State Senator Roger Roth thanked him for his time in Congress before announcing his own bid for the Republican nomination.