Another GOP Congressman Quits


( – While it is the time in the election cycle when members of Congress often announce they will not seek reelection, it seems that more Republicans are calling it quits than usual – especially when they expect to retake the White House this November.

Representative Mike Gallagher (R., Wisc.), the head of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, is one of them, choosing not to run this November.

Gallagher shared his reasons, saying, “The Framers intended citizens to serve in Congress for a season and then return to their private lives. Electoral politics was never supposed to be a career and, trust me, Congress is no place to grow old. And so, with a heavy heart, I have decided not to run for re-election.”

He plans to move to the private sector, focusing on foreign policy, especially “restoring conventional deterrence in order to prevent a war with China, and so whatever I do next will be an extension of that mission,” he mentioned to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

His announcement came shortly after he broke ranks with the Republican caucus, voting against the impeachment of Department of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, accused of not following the law and causing a breach of public trust due to high levels of illegal immigration.

Joining Democrats, Gallagher and fellow Republicans Tom McClintock and Ken Buck voted against the impeachment, which failed 216 to 214. Some Republicans, like Representative Nancy Mace (S.C.), criticized their decision, claiming they ignored “the will of the people.”

Gallagher justified his stance in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, arguing that impeaching Mayorkas wouldn’t solve the border crisis or hold the main responsible party, President Biden, accountable. He feared it would lead to endless impeachments and was just symbolic, not addressing the root issues of mass migration.

House Republicans have also dismissed a Senate border deal, saying it would only encourage illegal immigration by setting a specific threshold for action. They criticized the deal for giving too much power to Mayorkas, whom they don’t trust to enforce the law.

Despite backlash from some colleagues over his impeachment vote, Gallagher said it didn’t influence his decision to leave Congress. “I feel, honestly, like people get it, and they can accept the fact that they don’t have to agree with you 100%,” he stated, believing that disagreements are fleeting in today’s fast-moving news cycle.