On Saturday, Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, has announced that he would not seek reelection to his post, a decision that has come only days after he opposed his party’s promotion to impeach the Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Gallagher, a notable figure in the House’s attempts to counter the Chinese government, made a statement through X, declaring that he views his time in Congress as a high-intensity deployment, where he has served on both the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, chaired the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and presided over the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.
Despite the snowballing attacks on the Biden government for failing to secure the US-Mexico border, Gallagher’s decision to vote against imposing impeachment on Mayorkas hasn’t been linked to his statement. Nevertheless, his vote highlights the delicate disposition of the GOP’s slim House supervisory, where a few defections can result in a loss of major bills.
Last June, Gallagher had announced that he would not challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, which turned out to be a significant setback for a GOP in a competitive swing state.