January 22nd, 2022

US Rep. Katko, who voted to impeach Trump, won’t run again

By The Associated Press on January 14, 2022.

FILE — Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., questions Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor as he testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security meeting on Capitol Hill, in Washington, July 22, 2020. Katko, who has represented central New York in Congress for four terms, announced on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, that he will not seek reelection this year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – U.S. Rep. John Katko, who was one of just 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, announced Friday that he will not seek reelection this year.

The congressman from Camillus in central New York said in a statement sent to news organizations that he will not run for a fifth term “so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way.”

Kakto faced a backlash from Republicans after voting to impeach Trump. He faced at least one primary challenger in his district.

Katko, a former federal prosecutor, represented a battleground district.

He’s the 12th House Republican to announce they’re not seeking reelection in 2022 and the third to decide not to seek another term after voting to impeach Trump in January 2021 over the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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