Tweet: US Representative Adam Kinzinger Thinks It’s Time to Move on From Congress; First Comment, “See ya RINO”

Adam Kinzinger 117th Congress (US House of Representatives official portrait)
Adam Kinzinger 117th Congress (US House of Representatives official portrait).

Adam Kinzinger, former American military officer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 16th congressional district, announced on Twitter Friday, October 29, 2021 that he will not seek re-election to US Congress in 2022. District 16 covers eastern Rockford and most of Rockford’s suburbs, and includes an outer ring that circles around Chicago from the Rockford area northwest of the City of Chicago, southeast between Kankakee and Rantoul in in east central Illinois. During his first term, Kinzinger represented a District 11 that stretched from the outer southern suburbs of Chicago to Bloomington/Normal. Redistricting eliminated the District 11 when it was merged with the 16th. In the March 2012 primarhy Kinzinger defeated incumbent Don Manzullo, 56%–44%. Then Kinzinger defeated Democrat Wanda Rohl, 62%–38% in November 2012.

Kinzinger is a member of the Republican Party, but after Republican President Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, he became known for his opposition to Trump’s claims of voter fraud. Kinzinger was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection, which was his second impeachment. Kinzinger was one of only two Republicans to vote to create a select committee to investigate the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. On July 25, 2021 Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially announced the appointment of Rep. Kinzinger to the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

Kinzinger served six terms in Congress. He was elected to U.S. Congress for the 11th congressional district in 2010 when he won the five-candidate Republican primary on February 2, 2010, with 64% of the vote, then defeated U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson 57%–43% on November 2, 2010.

The first reaction to his tweeted announcement on October 29, 2021 at 10:53 a.m. CDT was “See ya RINO” a minute later, but the mix among comments was about 50-50 supporting and criticizing Kinzinger in the first couple of hours after his announcement.

Kinzinger piloted a Boeing KC-135 StratoTanker during his service with the United States Air Force. He has served in the Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Wisconsin Air National Guard and was progressively promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

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