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Gerlach Won't Seek Re-Election

Sixth District Congressman starts new year with a political bombshell.

Congressman Jim Gerlach represents Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District (Patch file photo)
Congressman Jim Gerlach represents Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District (Patch file photo)
Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA6) says he will not seek re-election in 2014.  The six term career politician made the announcement via an email to the news media on Monday afternoon.  Prior to serving in Pennsylvania's Sixth Congressional District seat Gerlach spent 12 years in the Pennsylvania House and Senate.

Here is the text of the announcement sent to Patch by Gerlach's office:

Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election to a seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Nearing the end of my sixth term in the House and following 12 years of public service in the Pennsylvania House and Senate, it is simply time for me to move on to new challenges and to spend more time with my wife and family, who have been extremely supportive and have made significant sacrifices during my tenure in public office. This is a tremendously difficult decision because I have had the opportunity to work with a multitude of dedicated public servants throughout the years. Together, we have worked to strengthen our communities and create opportunities for the hard-working families we have been privileged to represent. While I will not be seeking re-election, I fully intend to continue working with my legislative staff to deliver the highest-quality constituent service the residents of this District deserve through the remainder of my term.

Finally, I want to acknowledge and express my deep gratitude to all of the outstanding legislative and campaign staff, volunteers, and financial supporters who have been with me during the toughest races in the nation, and the toughest votes in the legislative halls in which I have served. Without their tireless work and unwavering support, my service to southeastern Pennsylvania would not have been possible.”

Gerlach, 58, lives in Chester Springs, Chester County. He was first elected to Congress in 2002. The 6th District includes parts of Berks, Chester, Lebanon and Montgomery counties.                                 
JK January 07, 2014 at 07:41 AM
This isn't a bombshell. Gerlach's progressive voting record has turned the conservative base against him ruining his chance of an easy reelection I do love how he says the reason for his retirement is so he can spend more time with his family.
James Babb January 07, 2014 at 08:13 AM
But who will bail out the bankers now?
marcthepig January 07, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Arrivaderci RINO!
marcthepig January 07, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Harry Finster for Congress!
Jane January 08, 2014 at 02:49 PM
We won't miss him. Too many RINOs! We'll hold his replacement accountable, also.

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