A veteran Republican congressman from New York, Peter King, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in the next elections in 2020, a decision he said was “very difficult” to make, after two decades in that position.
“I have decided not to be a candidate for reelection to Congress in 2020,” said the Long Island representative in a tweet on Monday, who becomes the second New York congressman who will not seek reelection next year.
Democratic Congressman Jose Serrano announced last March that he will not be on the ballot after 29 years as a representative of the South Bronx because he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
King said he made the decision after consulting with his wife Rosemary, son Sean and daughter Erin.
“The main reason for my decision was that after 28 years of being four days a week in Washington, D.C. it’s time to end weekly trips and be home in Seaford” to share with his children and grandchildren, the politician said.
“My time in Congress has been an extraordinary experience that I wouldn’t even dare imagine when I was a child or a college student loading and unloading trucks and cars” at a terminal in Manhattan, King recalled.
The politician also said that although he is not seeking re-election, he plans to remain active in politics “and look at what opportunities and challenges await me in these next chapters of a very fortunate life”.
He said he will miss the energy and dynamism of a re-election campaign as well as the struggles for the people he represents in the House of Representatives.