House Republican Mike Gallagher has announced that he will not seek re-election, citing his fulfillment of a high-intensity deployment in office. In his statement, Gallagher highlighted his bipartisan work on various committees and as chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.
Gallagher’s decision to vote against the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas intensified the delicate nature of the GOP’s narrow House majority. He was one of just four House Republicans who broke ranks to reject the impeachment, further evidence of the Republican party’s fragile position in the House.
Gallagher’s announcement follows his decision not to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, greatly impacting the GOP’s prospects in the swing state of Wisconsin. With Steve Scalise set to become House Majority Leader, Gallagher’s absence is a significant loss for the Republican party.