Adam Kinzinger will not seek re-election

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WASHINGTON (WTVO) — Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a critic of Donald Trump who is one of two Republicans on the panel investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack, announced Friday that he will not seek reelection next year.

The military veteran, who won a long-shot suburban congressional district a decade ago, became one of a handful of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump on the charge of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

He joins a small but growing list of GOP Trump critics in Congress deciding to bow out.

“America is facing an incredibly perilous time.  I have always been optimistic, looking to our history to show how we would overcome any obstacle.  In bad moments, someone has always stepped up to lead.  Government for, of, and by the people always prevails.  Right now, that government is the problem.  And few have risen to do anything about it, because in this day to prevail or survive you must belong to a tribe.

I’ve witnessed how division is so heavily rooted in this country. There’s little to no desire to bridge our differences, and unity is no longer a word we use. It has also become increasingly obvious that in order to break the narrative, I cannot focus on both a re-election to Congress and a broader fight nationwide.

As a country, we need to remember who we really are, what we’ve achieved in our darker days and why we’ve always fought for a brighter future. I know I’m not alone—there are many Americans desperately searching for a better way. They want solutions, not more problems. They want action, not extremism. They want light, not darkness. And the sooner we do it, the better it will be for the land that we love. Now is the time to put Country First.”

Watch the Congressman’s full video message:

The state’s new congressional maps would have forced Kinzinger into the same district as Republican Representative Darin LaHood.

LaHood said that he will run again next year for the newly drawn seat. The Peoria GOP member was elected in 2015, and re-elected in 2016, 2018 and 2020 with 70% of the vote, after he was endorsed by former President Trump.

LaHood also serves as the National Finance Chair of the “National Republican Campaign Committee.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story…

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