GOP Rep Who Voted to Impeach Trump Is Out

Rep. John Katko of New York, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump, announced Friday he will not seek reelection.

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.

In his announcement, Katko cited wanting to be more present with his family as part of the reason for his decision.

“That’s why, after 32 years of public service, I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress, so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way,” Katko said.

Katko is the third House GOP impeachment backer to call it quits, following in the footsteps of Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, who also voted to impeach, is undecided if he’s going to run again. The veteran lawmaker told CNN that he will decide this month as he evaluates how his district lines are being drawn.

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.