King becomes the 22nd member of the GOP in Congress to announce they will not seek re-election.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the powerful 14-term congressman who once chaired the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2020.
King, in a statement Monday, said his "prime reason" for retiring "was that after 28 years of spending four days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home in Seaford."
"This was not an easy decision. But there is a season for everything and Rosemary and I decided that, especially since we are both in good health, it is time to have the flexibility to spend more time with our children and grandchildren," he said. "My daughter’s recent move to North Carolina certainly accelerated my thinking."
He added, "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 reelection."