Covered in this article are: Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Tom Rice, Peter Meijer, Fred Upton, Anthony Gonzalez, John Katko, Dan Newhouse, David Valadao, Lisa Murkowski, Justin Amash
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.
Trump has specifically criticized each of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him during his second impeachment. Seven GOP senators also voted to convict him, although the effort ultimately failed and only one of them faces voters in the upcoming midterms.
The former president hailed Cheney’s defeat to GOP candidate Harriet Hageman, who he backed, and wrote that Cheney is “a fool who played right into the hands of those who want to destroy our country.” At the same time, he said her defeat is a “referendum” on the House Jan. 6 committee that Cheney co-chairs.
“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.
After the loss, Cheney—the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney—publicly speculated on whether she will consider a 2024 presidential bid, telling NBC News that it is “something that I’m thinking about.”
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.