Updated Feb 10, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Another House GOP committee chair announces 2024 retirement

Rep. Mike Gallagher

House China Select Committee Chair Mike Gallagher. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.), the chair of the House Select Committee on China, said Saturday he will not seek reelection in November.

Why it matters: Gallagher is the fourth Republican committee chair to announce their retirement in 2024 and the second just this week.

What he's saying: "The Framers intended citizens to serve in Congress for a season and then return to their private lives," Gallagher said in a statement.

  • "Electoral politics was never supposed to be a career and, trust me, Congress is no place to grow old. And so, with a heavy heart, I have decided not to run for re-election."

The backdrop: A 39-year-old former Marine who served in the Iraq War, Gallagher has represented his Green Bay-based district since 2017.

  • He is widely viewed as a rising star and was the GOP's desired recruit to challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) this cycle, but he passed on a run.

Between the lines: Gallagher's announcement comes just days after his controversial vote against impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

  • His defection, along with those of Reps. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) led to the impeachment effort failing.
  • Gallagher has faced significant backlash for his vote from allies of former President Trump — including threats of a primary challenge — for his vote.

The big picture: Gallagher's retirement adds to an already historic rate of House retirements in both parties, but especially among top Republicans.

Go deeper: Lawmakers are ditching Congress at a record pace

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional retirements.

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