01/06/2014 01:25 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Jim Gerlach, GOP Congressman, Will Not Seek Reelection

Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) announced Monday that he will not seek reelection this year.

Gerlach, who represents Pennsylvania's 6th District, said in a statement that he will not run for another term.

“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,” Gerlach said in the statement. "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."

A Gerlach spokesperson told PoliticsPa.com that the congressman will not attempt to challenge Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the Republican primary.

Gerlach was first elected to his congressional seat in 2002.



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