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Katko, a Republican Rep. who voted to impeach Trump, will not seek re-election

Katko, a Republican Rep. who voted to impeach Trump, will not seek re-election

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - US Rep. John Katko, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly attack on the US Capital on January 6, said on Friday that he would not seek re-election in 2022.

The new York congressman, who was the first member of the House Republican caucus to announce that he will vote for impeachment, said that he decided not to run again so he could enjoy his time with his family.

"My conscience, my values, and my commitment to doing what's right have guided every decision I've made as a member of Congress," Katko said.

Katko, a former federal prosecutor, was the third person in the House of Representatives to decide not to seek re-election in the 2022 elections that will determine Congress' control. Democrats have moderate majority in both the House and Senate.

Trump, the first US President to be imprisoned twice, was narrowly acquitted by the Senate. Republicans criticized him for his false allegations that he lost the 2020 election to Democratic Joe Biden because of voter fraud.

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