Well-known as one of the few House Republicans who voted for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger announced last week that he will not seek reelection in 2022, as the Associated Press reports.
Kinzinger’s decision came shortly after Illinois Democrats finalized re-drawn congressional district boundaries, which placed the vocal Trump critic in the same area as Rep. Darin LaHood, a booster of the former president who also plans to run next year and who would surely pose a very serious primary threat.
Having served in Congress for six terms, Kinzinger has made a name for himself not just for his criticisms of Trump, but also for his tearful appearances while serving on the House committee probing the Jan. 6 unrest at the Capitol.
The Illinois Republican made the announcement in a video recording in which he said the “time is now” to make a move, further stating that his “disappointment in the leaders that don’t lead is huge,” the AP noted.
At 43 years of age, Kinzinger also suggested that he has his sights set on other roles in the political realm, declaring, “I cannot focus on both a reelection to Congress and a broader fight nationwide. I want to make it clear – this isn’t the end of my political future, but the beginning.” WATCH:
Looking forward to the next chapter! pic.twitter.com/SvdFCVtrlE
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) October 29, 2021
Of the ten Republicans who voted in support of Trump’s impeachment on a charge of inciting insurrection earlier this year, Kinzinger is now the second of the group to declare their intention not to seek reelection, with Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) already having come to that determination.
As Fox News noted, Trump responded to the news of Kinzinger’s decision by making note of those occurrences, gleefully saying, “2 down, 8 to go!”
Kinzinger indicated in his statement that he is looking forward to engaging in a “nationwide” fight against what he views as the divisive politics of the Trump wing of his party, but precisely what that might entail, only time will tell.