Congressman Mike Gallagher Announces Not Seeking Re-Election: A Look at His Work and Decision

Republican Congressman Who Voted Against Impeaching Mayorkas Announces Retirement

On Saturday, Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin announced that he will not seek re-election to his seat in Congress. This decision comes just days after he opposed his party’s efforts to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Gallagher, known for his work to counter the Chinese government and secure the US-Mexico border, made a statement through X, declaring that his time in Congress has been a high-intensity deployment. He has served on both the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, chaired the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and presided over the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.

Despite mounting criticism of the Biden administration for failing to secure the US-Mexico border, Gallagher’s vote against imposing impeachment on Mayorkas has not been linked directly to his statement. However, it highlights the delicate position of the GOP’s slim House majority, where a few defections can result in a loss of major bills.

Last June, Gallagher announced that he would not challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in a competitive swing state, which was seen as a significant setback for the GOP.

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