Along with Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) defeat in the GOP primary race on Tuesday evening, the vast majority of House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment are slated to leave Congress.
Cheney is the fourth to lose her primary election, while four declined to seek another term. Two others survived their primaries.
“I assume that with the very big Liz Cheney loss, far bigger than had ever been anticipated, the January 6th Committee of political Hacks and Thugs will quickly begin the beautiful process of DISSOLUTION? This was a referendum on the never ending Witch Hunt,” Trump wrote.
The other Republican member of the House Jan. 6 panel, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said last year that he won’t run for reelection.
“It has also become increasingly obvious that in order to break the narrative, I cannot focus on both a reelection to Congress and a broader fight nationwide,” he said last year.
Kinzinger had an uphill battle in reclaiming his House seat after spending a significant part of the Trump years criticizing the former president on CNN and other corporate news channels. Observers have speculated that Kinzinger—because of his frequent media appearances—may join a major network channel as a political analyst or commentator.
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Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), another pro-impeachment Republican, conceded to Republican challenger Joe Kent after he narrowly defeated her in the GOP primary. Kent was backed by Trump.
“Ever since I was first elected to this seat I have done my very best to serve my home region and our country,” Beutler said last week.
“Though my campaign came up short this time, I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished together for the place where I was raised and still call home.”
Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) lost the Republican primary race by more than 25 percentage points to the Trump-backed Russell Fry, a former state representative.
In February, Trump criticized the lawmaker and called him a “coward.”
“Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, the coward who abandoned his constituents by caving to Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left, and who actually voted against me on Impeachment Hoax #2, must be thrown out of office ASAP,” he said.
After Rice’s defeat, Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) became the second pro-impeachment Republican defeated in their primary. He lost several weeks ago to Trump-backed candidate John Gibbs.
“Well, I think if you want to say that everything is a cynical, partisan ploy at the end of the day, then just say it,” Meijer, a member of the wealthy Meijer family that owns supermarkets, said in response to a question about reports of Democratic groups funding his opponent.
Gibbs, meanwhile, confirmed he got a call from Trump after his victory.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) announced in April 2022 that he won’t seek reelection.
During a CNN interview, Upton admitted that Trump has a hold on the Republican Party.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), a former football wide receiver, confirmed he won’t attempt to run for reelection for a third term, coming a few months after voting to impeach Trump.
The vote drew significant backlash from Ohio’s Republican Party. Months later, he was censured and GOP officials called for him to resign in 2021.
Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) announced in January that he would retire from the House. He denied claims that his vote to impeach Trump played a role.
“I was quite certain, even with the redistricting that was done in New York state, that I had a path to victory,” Katko told the Washington Post in March.
Earlier this month, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) became just one of just two pro-impeachment House Republicans to survive their primary challenge.
Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) survived his GOP primary, advancing in June. He will face California state Assembly member Rudy Salas, a Democrat, in a newly drawn congressional district. Trump didn’t endorse a challenger to Valadao.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is the only Republican senator up for reelection in 2022 who also voted to convict Trump during his impeachment trial.
Murkowski and her GOP challenger, Kelly Tshibaka, advanced to the November general election where they will face off against one another in Alaska’s controversial ranked-choice election system.
While he left Congress and the Republican Party before Trump’s second impeachment, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan was the lone non-Democrat in the House to vote in favor of Trump’s first in January 2020.
Amash, a former Republican who left the party in mid-2019 before joining the Libertarian Party in spring 2020, didn’t seek reelection and left Congress in January 2021.