Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, from Illinois, announced in a video Friday morning he is leaving Congress at the end of his term and will not seek reelection.
Kinzinger, who has been a strong critic of former President Donald Trump, said in his video that he remembers saying 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, however, left the door open to running for different political offices in the future in the video.
“I cannot focus on both a reelection to Congress and a broader fight nationwide. I want to make it clear. This isn’t the end of my political future, but the beginning,” he said. “Serving six terms in Congress has been an honor of a lifetime.”
He added: “As a country we’ve fallen for those lies and now we face a poisoned country filled with outrage, blinding our ability to achieve real strength. It has become increasingly obvious to me that as a country, we must unplug from the mistruth we’ve been fed.”
The Illinois Republican is part of a group of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump during his second impeachment earlier this year and has been a fierce critic of his own party, particularly in calling out misinformation among his colleagues.
Watch the announcement below:
Looking forward to the next chapter! pic.twitter.com/SvdFCVtrlE
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) October 29, 2021