February 24, 2024 12:19 pm
Republican Congressman Who Opposed Mayorkas’ Impeachment Announces Retirement

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

Gallagher explained in his statement that his initial promise to treat his time in office as a high-intensity deployment was fulfilled. He highlighted his bipartisan work on various committees, chairing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and chairing the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party in his announcement.

Despite not mentioning it in his statement, Gallagher’s decision to vote against the Mayorkas impeachment 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 comes after he decided 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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