Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, announced on Friday that he would not seek re-election in 2022.
In a video statement posted to Twitter, Kinzinger (R-Ill.) reflected on his decision to run for office after returning from Iraq in 2009, saying he will “never forget” that first campaign that led to six terms in office.
“I also remember during that campaign, saying that if I ever thought it was time to move on from Congress, I would and that time is now. But let me be clear, my passion for this country has only grown,” said Kinzinger, a Republican who often put himself at odds with party leadership. He added that his desire to make a difference has grown as well as his “disappointment” in leaders “that don’t lead.”
Kinzinger is one of the 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and currently sits as one of the only two Republicans on the House Select Committee that is investigating the Capitol riot. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who also voted to impeach Trump, is the other.
Following the impeachment vote, Trump called on his supporters to vote Cheney, Kinzinger and other “RINOS” (Republicans in name only) out of office, calling them grandstanders.
“As a country, we need to remember who we really are, what we’ve achieved and our darker days, and what we’ve always fought for in a brighter future. I know I’m not alone. There’s many Americans that are desperately searching for a better way. They want solutions, not more problems,” he said.
Earlier this month, Kinzinger hinted that redistricting might have made him think twice about seeking re-election.
“Following the release of the new congressional maps for Illinois, my team and I will spend some time looking them over and reviewing all of the options, including those outside the House,” he said.
“I want to make it clear. This isn’t the end of my political future. But the beginning, serving six terms in Congress has been an honor of a lifetime, yet it flew by in a flash.”