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.                                 
RosiesDad January 06, 2014 at 03:58 PM
That's great news. He must have a lobbying job locked up.
Bill Bellew January 06, 2014 at 06:42 PM
And look closely at the picture and you will see a possible candidate to replace him------Warren Kampf. The question might be---what is the best chance of success-----H-burg or D.C.???? Perhaps Warren needs to lay low for another two years to get by his stance on no new taxes (remember the Paoli Transportation Center).
Bob Byrne January 07, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Bill, in all fairness to Rep. Kamp this is a file photo of Congressman Gerlach and there was no editorial intent behind its use on this article.
Pattye Benson January 08, 2014 at 07:43 AM
County Commissioner Ryan Costello is considering a run for Gerlach's seat.
Bill Bellew January 09, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Bob----I know the photo is not current. You have never let editorial intent enter into political issues. You let others outside PATCH do it. Bill


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