Kinzinger Announces Retirement While Hinting at Political Comeback

Kinzinger Announces Retirement While Hinting at Political Comeback

Six-term congressman and prominent Trump critic (R-Ill.) has announced that he will retire at the end of his term.

The announcement follows the debut of a heavily gerrymandered congressional map by Democrats. The map, which is on its way to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, erased Kinzinger’s district. It will also likely guarantee a 14-3 Democratic Party majority in the state’s congressional delegation for the next decade.

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Despite expressing his disappointment with GOP leadership, Kinzinger vowed to continue his political fight.

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Kinzinger has been one of a handful of vocal, anti-Trump Republicans and his announcement is a shock to the current political environment — but it’s part of a larger pattern of House Republican resignations.

He is the second of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January 2021 for “incitement of insurrection” to announce they’re not running for reelection. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, made a similar announcement in September.

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Kinzinger’s announcement comes as he continues to take heat from members of his own party for his work on the select committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol, though the congressman said he expected political pushback on the heels of the impeachment proceedings.

“I think I’ll definitely face a primary and the wrath of some of Donald Trump’s hardcore base that will continue to exist, but I still believe that once he’s out of office once we can evaluate this whole presidency outside of him having the megaphone,” Kinzinger told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein on “Powerhouse Politics” podcast in January.

Do you think Kinzinger will run for office again—as he hinted at—or do you believe his words are just an attempt to save face? Tell us below!

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