New York’s Peter King Becomes Latest Republican to Announce Retirement
Over the last few months, a number of Republican congresspeople have chosen to retire rather than seek reelection in 2020. This includes 5 conservative lawmakers who serve in the state of Texas. Texas has moved from a ruby red state to an increasingly competitive playing field.
New York is a state where Democrats regularly dominate. Their hold on the state may have become easier on Monday as Long Island congressman Peter King has decided to pass on running for office in 2020.
The 75 year-old King is a well known lawmaker who frequently discusses his efforts to help those affected by 9/11. King has also been a regular surrogate of President Donald Trump. Just last week, King wrote, “Voted AGAINST Impeachment Resolution. Voted FOR Constitution and America. The fight goes on. God Bless America!”
Voted AGAINST Impeachment Resolution. Voted FOR Constitution and America. The fight goes on. God Bless America!
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) October 31, 2019
During the 2018 election, Trump returned the favor by tweeting, “Congressman Peter King of New York is a hardworking gem. Loves his Country and his State. Get out and VOTE for Peter!”
Congressman Peter King of New York is a hardworking gem. Loves his Country and his State. Get out and VOTE for Peter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2018
The GOP will have a new candidate running for New York’s 2nd District in 2020. King released a letter on Monday explaining why he is retiring after 28 years in office.
“The prime reason for my decision was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home in Seaford,” wrote the congressman.
King did promise that he would still be involved in Republican causes. He continued, “Politically I will miss the energy and dynamism of a re-election campaign especially since my polling numbers are as strong as they have ever been and I have more than $1 million in campaign funds.”