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Wisconsin GOP Rep. Mike Gallagher won’t seek reelection

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Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher will not seek reelection this November, he announced on social media Saturday.

Gallagher chairs the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party and has been a leading voice in the House on cybersecurity issues. He was first elected in 2016.

Gallagher’s vote against the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this week prompted reports of a possible primary challenge from a close Trump ally.

Gallagher told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he would enter the private sector at the end of his term, but would continue to focus on national security and defense policy.

In his statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, Gallagher said he had always intended to limit his congressional tenure and thanked his constituents.

“Though my title may change, my mission will always remain the same: deter America’s enemies and defend the Constitution,” he added.

“Mike is a mentor and friend & his chairmanship of @committeeonccp will undoubtedly better position the U.S. to compete with China longterm,” said Iowa GOP Rep. Ashley Hinson on X, calling it a “huge loss for Congress.”

Former Michigan lawmaker and Senate candidate Peter Meijer said Gallagher was the “most thoughtful and intelligent member” he had served with.

“Can’t overstate the loss this is to the House’s ability to smartly counter China and lead from the front on AI/cyber,” Meijer added.