Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Green Bay) announced Saturday that he won’t seek a fifth term in Congress representing the 8th Congressional District. Gallagher was first elected in 2016 and most recently reelected with 72% of the vote in 2022.
“Eight years ago, when I first ran for Congress, I promised to treat my time in office as a high-intensity deployment,” Gallagher said in a statement released Saturday. “Through my bipartisan work on the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, chairing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and chairing the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, we’ve accomplished more on this deployment than I could have ever imagined.”
“But the framers intended citizens to serve in Congress for a season and then return to their private lives. 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. Thank you to the good people of Northeast Wisconsin for the honor of a lifetime. Four terms serving you has strengthened my conviction that America is the greatest country in the history of the world. And though my title may change, my mission will always remain the same: deter America’s enemies and defend the Constitution.”
Gallagher came under fire from House Republicans last week when he was one of three members of his party to vote against the impeachment of Homeland Security Director Alejandro Mayorkas.