On Friday, Adam Kinzinger, who is known to be an outspoken critic of Trump, had announced in a five-minute video that he would not be running for reelection in the House in 2022. He has generally voted along party lines except on the impeachment issue where he was one among the ten who voted for Trump’s impeachment. One of the main reasons his leaving the race is the redistricting that is underway in Illinois.
The 43-year Illinois representative is set to lose his district as the state lost one seat after the recent census results were announced. The newly redrawn 16th district will see an overlap of his voter base with that of Republican Darin LaHood who is perceives to be a Trump loyalist.
He is the second GOP lawmaker who has said that he will not run in the 2022 midterms. He said on Twitter that “the time is now to move on” and that he was “Looking forward to the next chapter.”
In his video, Adam Kinzinger also mentioned that he was not leaving the political field. He said that it wasn’t “the end of his political future—but the beginning.” He didn’t give further details about his political future.
Adam Kinzinger is a war veteran of both the Iraq as well as the Afghanistan War. He has spent more than a decade in the House from his stint beginning in 2011. He has been a loyal GOP member, except for his criticism of Trump.
He was one of the first to condemn the Capitol riot of January 6. He was a vocal supporter of Liz Cheney when she was ousted from her position as chairwoman. He is also one one among the two Republicans, the other being Cheney, who is working on the select House committee that is investigating the Jan 6 riot.
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