GOP U.S. Rep. Gerlach retiring

Published by Karen Langley on .

U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Chester, will not seek re-election in 2014.

"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, according to PoliticsPA, which reported the news.

Both PoliticsPA and the Associated Press cited aides who said Gerlach will not run for any office (say, the governor's) in 2014.

Gerlach is one of 12 House Republicans and one Democrat who have announced they are stepping down, according to the New York Times.

PoliticsPA also explored the list of candidates rumored to be considering a run. Katie McGinty's gubernatorial campaign said she has no interest.

Political scientist Terry Madonna said on Twitter: "Jim Gerlach's (R) retirement in PA 6 CD could make that seat somewhat competitive even though safe R at present. Need to see who emerges."

National Democrats treated the retirement as good news.

And the Republican Party of Pennsylvania released a statement from Chairman Rob Gleason:

Pennsylvania is a better place because of Congressman Jim Gerlach's service. Throughout his time in Congress, Jim Gerlach has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his constituents and ensure their voices were heard in Washington. We will now start he work to elect a Republican to Congress who will succeed Jim and bring the same dedication that has served the people of the 6th District so well.

On behalf of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, I want to thank Congressman Jim Gerlach for his service to his constituents, our commonwealth and our country.

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