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GOP Star Rep. Mike Gallagher Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection, Intensifying Republican Fragility in House


Feb 12, 2024
Republican Congressman Who Opposed Mayorkas’ Impeachment Announces Retirement

Rep. Mike Gallagher, a 39-year-old Wisconsin lawmaker, has announced that he will not seek reelection after rejecting his party’s push to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Despite being viewed as a rising GOP star, Gallagher has been a major force in the effort to push back against the Chinese government and chaired the Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.

In his statement, Gallagher highlighted his bipartisan work on various committees, chairing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and chairing the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. However, he did not mention his decision to vote against the Mayorkas impeachment, which intensified the delicate nature of the GOP’s narrow House majority. Gallagher was one of just four House Republicans who broke ranks to reject the impeachment. This vote is seen as further evidence of the Republican party’s fragile position in the House.

Gallagher’s announcement follows his decision last June not to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, greatly impacting the GOP’s prospects in the swing state of Wisconsin. With the upcoming vote for House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana, it is clear that Gallagher’s absence is a significant loss for the Republican party.

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