Rep. John Katko, a Republican moderate whose congressional career seemed to be on the rise, announced his retirement Friday.
Katko is the third of the 10 House GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump last January to say they won’t seek re-election.
The New Yorker, 59, was in line to become chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee if, as seems likely, Republicans win control of the chamber in November’s elections.
Lawmakers seldom step aside with such opportunities looming.
But his decision comes as Trump has remained a dominant force in the GOP, retaining the fealty of many lawmakers.
Now serving his fourth House term, Katko released a statement saying it was time to “enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way.”
While his statement made no reference to Trump, he also said, “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.”
Kakto faced a backlash from Republicans after voting to impeach Trump over his role in the Capitol incursion on Jan. 6, 2021, as lawmakers were preparing to certify the results of the 2020 election.
A former federal prosecutor, Katko faced at least one primary challenger in his district, which is centered around Syracuse, New York.
New York is redrawing its congressional district lines to reflect the 2020 Census, and its new boundaries are uncertain.
Katko became the 12th House Republican to announce they’re not seeking re-election in 2022. So far, 26 House Democrats have said they are retiring after this year.
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