Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) announced Friday in a video message that he will not seek reelection next year. Kinzinger was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach 45th President Donald J. Trump following the January 6 protest at Capitol Hill.
The 45th Commander in Chief touted Kinzinger’s retirement in an email statement on Friday from his “Save America” PAC, expressing, “2 down, 8 to go!”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s retirement message:
Looking forward to the next chapter! pic.twitter.com/SvdFCVtrlE
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) October 29, 2021
45th President Donald Trump’s email statement:
"2 down, 8 to go!" – President Donald J. Trump pic.twitter.com/khpGGR2SD5
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) October 29, 2021
Despite the strong headwinds Kinzinger faced within his own party, however, there were other forces at play in his decision to retire. Illinois lawmakers on Thursday night approved a new congressional map that did away with his Republican-majority district, The Hill reported.
Under the new map, Kinzinger would have been lumped into the same district as Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.). Had he run for reelection, Kinzinger would have likely faced a bruising primary brawl against a more-reliable ally of Trump, per The Hill.
Kinzinger is the second House Republican who voted earlier this year to impeach Trump to announce retirement plans.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), who also broke party lines in the impeachment vote, said last month that he wouldn’t seek reelection. Trump also relished Gonzalez’s announcement to retire, declaring, “1 down, 9 to go!”
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