Embattled Wisconsin GOP Representative Announces Retirement

Mere days after casting a controversial vote to block the impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) announced his retirement from Congress.

Once seen as having a bright future in the Republican Party, Gallagher endured intense criticism in recent days. He was one of only three GOP House members who stood in the way of the Mayorkas impeachment, but that was enough to defeat the effort in the thinly divided lower chamber.

Initially elected in 2016, Gallagher released a statement Saturday expressing his belief that the Founding Fathers did not intend for politics to become a career.

The Marine Corps veteran declared, “Eight years ago, I promised to treat my time in office as a high-intensity deployment.” He noted his work on various House committees and proclaimed “we’ve accomplished more on this deployment than I ever could have imagined.”

He then added that the framers did not mean for leadership to be a lifetime appointment. “And so, with a heavy heart, I have decided not to run for re-election.”

Last week Gallagher joined Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) and every House Democrat to vote down the impeachment resolution.

Mayorkas could have been the first cabinet secretary since 1876 to suffer such a fate. He is widely criticized for spearheading Biden’s open border policies that have allowed millions from across the globe to invade the nation.

But to Gallagher, his work is a higher calling.

He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that “even though my title may change, my job may change, my mission is always going to remain the same. My mission is to prevent World War III.”

Gallagher said he dedicated his life to “conventional deterrence to prevent a war with China.” He said that whatever comes next in his career will be “an extension of that mission.”

He is now one of a handful of Republican House members who have announced they will not seek reelection. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) revealed Thursday that she will not be up for reelection this year.