GOP Rep To Step Down After Mayorkas Impeachment Fallout

( – Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a prominent figure in the Republican Party, announced on Saturday, February 10, that he will not seek re-election in the upcoming 2024 elections. This unexpected move leaves an open seat in Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district.

Gallagher, a three-term congressman, cited a desire to spend more time with his family and a belief that Congress is not a career to “grow old in” as reasons for his decision. His statement, shared on social media, emphasized the demanding nature of his role, comparing it to a “high-intensity” military deployment. He expressed pride in his accomplishments during his time in Congress, saying he had accomplished more than he could have ever wished for.

The Wisconsin congressman’s decision comes just weeks after he faced criticism for being one of three Republican representatives who voted against impeaching Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The impeachment effort, spearheaded by Republicans, aimed to hold Mayorkas accountable for what they perceived as failures in border security and immigration policy.

Some within Gallagher’s own party criticized his vote against impeachment, viewing it as a betrayal of conservative principles. Moreover, Critics, including the X (formerly Twitter) account “Libs of TikTok,” called for a primary challenge against him. Others, like conservative commentator DC_Draino, celebrated his decision not to seek re-election, seeing it as an opportunity for an “America First Patriot” to take his seat.

Gallagher defended his vote, arguing that impeachment wasn’t the answer to the border crisis and wouldn’t solve the root problems. He voiced concern over setting a dangerous precedent for future Republican administrations. He reiterated his opposition to the previous impeachments of President Trump, labeling them “rushed” and “hyperpartisan,” and argued that Republicans should remain consistent in their stance on impeachment.

A former Marine from Green Bay, Gallagher has served as the representative for northeastern Wisconsin in Congress since 2017. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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