NY Rep. Peter King Retiring 11/11 07:23
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican who has
represented a Long Island congressional district for nearly 30 years, announced
Monday he won't seek reelection, presenting Democrats with a fresh suburban
target as they defend their majority in 2020.
The decision comes days after voters flocked to Democratic candidates in
state elections in Kentucky and Virginia, underscoring Republican vulnerability
in a suburban revolt against President Donald Trump.
But in the latest indication that congressional Republicans are rallying
behind Trump for now, King said he will oppose Democratic efforts to impeach
"In the coming weeks and during the next year I intend to vote against
President Trump 's impeachment and will support the President's bid for
re-election," King said.
The 14-term congressman, 75, said in a Facebook post that he's retiring
because he wants "flexibility to spend more time" with his children and
grandchildren "after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C."
King, a former chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, has
cultivated a reputation for bipartisanship while maintaining a hard line on
immigration and crime. He is the longest-serving Republican member of New
York's congressional delegation. Still, he won reelection in 2018 by just 6
His district includes southwestern Suffolk County and a portion of Nassau
County, about an hour's drive east of Manhattan. It went narrowly for Trump in
Democrats seem certain to target the district in 2020. Many suburban
districts around the country have been moving steadily toward Democrats as
moderate, well-educated voters swing away from the polarizing president.
Twenty House Republicans have announced they will not seek reelection. Three
other GOP lawmakers have resigned and already left Congress.
House Democrats retook the majority in 2018, and are looking to defend their
majority and grab new seats in suburban districts in what they see as a
backlash against Trump.
Only a handful of the Republican-held districts being vacated by retirements
are expected to be seriously competitive next year. But King's district will be
one of them, underscoring GOP vulnerability in suburban areas, spotlighted last
week as suburban voters in Virginia and Kentucky flocked to Democratic
candidates in elections for state offices.