Rep. Pete King of New York will not seek reelection in 2020, he said in a statement Monday morning — becoming the latest in a string of House Republican lawmakers to announce their retirements from Congress in recent months.
King, a 14-term congressman first elected in 1992, said the “prime reason” for his departure “was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home” in Seaford, New York.
King won reelection in 2018 by 6 percentage points, down sharply from his 17-point margin in 2016. President Donald Trump carried his district — which runs along the South Shore of Long Island and includes parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties — by 9 points in 2016, but former President Barack Obama won it twice before that.
Before exiting Congress, King said he intends to vote against Trump’s impeachment as part of the Democratic-led House inquiry, and will support the president’s bid for a second term in 2020.
Including King, 20 GOP House members have made public their plans to retire at the end of this Congress, including a handful of Republican committee leaders.
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