GREEN BAY, Wis. (Civic Media) – Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher announced Saturday that he will not run for re-election to Congress.
Gallagher, who has served the 8th Congressional District in Wisconsin since 2017, said in a statement that he didn’t view serving in Congress as a career.
“The Framers intended citizens to serve in Congress for a season and then return to their private lives,” Gallagher said. “Electoral politics was never supposed to be a career and, trust me, Congress is no place to grow old.”
Gallagher, a native of Green Bay, is a former Marine and chaired the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, the the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technologies, and Innovation, and was on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. From 2019 until 2021, he served as co-chairman of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.
You can read the full statement below.
Eight years ago, when I first ran for Congress, I promised to treat my time in office as a high-intensity deployment. Through my bipartisan work on the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, chairing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and chairing the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, we’ve accomplished more on this deployment than I could have ever imagined.
But 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. Thank you to the good people of Northeast Wisconsin for the honor of a lifetime. Four terms serving you has strengthened my conviction that America is the greatest country in the history of the world. And though my title may change, my mission will always remain the same: deter America’s enemies and defend the Constitution.– Rep. Mike Gallagher
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