John Katko who voted to impeach Trump won't run for re-election

Rep. John Katko who voted to impeach former President Trump in 2020, announced on Friday that he will not seek re-election in the upcoming midterms.

"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 in a statement.

"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," he continued. "It is how I've been able to unite people to solve problems, and how I was rewarded with resounding victories in every single campaign for Congress." 

Katko has represented New York's 24th congressional district in the Syracuse area since 2015. He currently serves as the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee. 

The outgoing congressman was one of 10 Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Trump in 2020 after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Last year, Katko and Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) negotiated the formation of the January 6 Commission to investigate the attack. Katko also made news last year when he became one of thirteen Republicans to vote in favor of President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure package. 

The moves to impeach Trump and support the infrastructure legislation put Katko and other Republicans directly at odds with the former president and his supporters. Trump sent a letter to the Onondaga County Conservative Party last year detailing his support for a primary challenge against Katko.

Onondaga Conservative Party Chair Bernie Ment said last year that the party would wait until redistricting is done in New York before picking a candidate to run against Katko.

Three Republicans are running in the district's Republican primary, including software engineer John Murtari, neurosurgery physician’s assistant Tim Ko, and Navy veteran Francis Conole. 

However, Katko's exit leaves Democrats with the opportunity to score a pickup in the district at a time when they appear on track to lose the House. Biden defeated Trump by 9 points in Katko's district in 2020 and the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the seat as D+2. 

Redistricting could ultimately have the biggest impact on the fate of the district. On Monday, New York lawmakers voted down redistricting maps that were sent to them by the state's Independent Redistricting Commission.

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