Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher, a 39-year-old rising GOP star, announced that he will not seek reelection after rejecting his party’s push to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Despite his initial promise to treat his time in office as a high-intensity deployment, Gallagher highlighted his bipartisan work on various committees and chairing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party in his announcement.
Gallagher’s decision to vote against the Mayorkas impeachment was not mentioned in the statement but intensified the delicate nature of the GOP’s narrow House majority. He was one of just four House Republicans who broke ranks to reject the impeachment, further evidence of the Republican party’s fragile position in the House.
In June, Gallagher had also decided not to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, greatly impacting the GOP’s prospects in swing state Wisconsin. With upcoming House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana set for election, Gallagher’s absence is a significant loss for the Republican party.