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Adam Kinzinger To Retire From Congress, Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois who has been feuding with former President Donald Trump and others in the GOP, just announced in a video Friday morning that he is not running for reelection.

“I also remember during that campaign saying that if I ever thought it was time to move on from Congress, I would, and that time is now,” Kinzinger said.

Kinzinger is one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating January 6 and was rewarded by the Dem Party in Illinois gerrymandering him into political oblivion.

This will put an end to a 12-year House career that was marked by criticism of Trump and other GOO members at the end.

From The AP:

Illinois Democrats defended the maps they released late Thursday and passed a short time later, saying they ensure minorities and other Illinois residents have an equal voice in government.

“I’m proud of this map,” said Illinois Senate President Don Harmon, a sponsor of the redistricting legislation. “This is a fair map and it reflects the diversity of the state of Illinois.” He also said lawmakers chose to unite communities “that shared political philosophies and policy objectives.”

Democrats added a second predominantly Latino district, after census data showed Illinois’ Latino population grew over the past decade. They also maintained three predominantly Black districts.

GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger, one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, and Darin LaHood were put into the same heavily Republican district, as were GOP Reps. Mike Bost and Mary Miller.

Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, who said he may challenge Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker next year depending on the final map, was drawn into a safe GOP district that meanders from one side of the state to the other. It surrounds another Democrat-leaning district that was carved as a narrow squiggle stretching nearly 200 miles (322 kilometers) from the home of the University of Illinois to Democrat-friendly communities east of St. Louis. A former aide to Pritzker who worked in the Biden administration, Democrat Nikki Budzinski, is running for the seat.

Not all Democrats are happy. First-term Democratic Rep. Marie Newman was drawn into the same majority-Latino district as Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a late-in-the-game move that Newman said was done “to appease one person and a small handful of affluent insiders at the expense of workers and working families” in her current district.

Democrats say that move — sacrificing one of their own party — proves the new maps are fair and should survive expected court challenges.

The Illinois Senate approved the maps late Thursday, with all Republicans voting no, and it later passed the House.