In a statement released on Saturday Congressman Mike Gallagher says he is not running for re-election.
In the release, he said, “…. And so, with a heavy heart, I have decided not to run for re-election”. Since 2017, Congressman Mike Gallagher has been the representative of Wisconsin’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the release, he says thanks to those in Northeast Wisconsin for the “honor of a lifetime”.
Gallagher says that when he first ran for Congress eight years ago, he promised to treat his time in office as a high-intensity deployment. Gallagher served for seven years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. This includes two deployments to Iraq. He also served as the lead Republican staffer for the Middle East and Counterterrorism on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Gallagher’s decision leaves the race for the 8th Congressional seat wide open in a district that’s considered to lean Republican and where Gallagher won with more than 62% of the vote in every general election since 2016.
“I wouldn’t rule out running for something in the future. Public service is always going to be part of my DNA.”
Roger Roth, a former State Senator from Appleton, has announced that he will be running for Gallagher’s seat, in a post on X (Formerly Twitter).