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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who recently announced that he will not be seeking another term in the U.S. House, is mulling the possibility of running for U.S. Senate or governor, according to CNN, which also reported that the politician is not ruling out a presidential bid.
He told the outlet that he will “probably” make his choice by January about whether to mount a gubernatorial or senate bid.
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth are both seeking reelection during the 2022 election cycle.
According to CNN, Kinzinger noted that one of those opportunities is more attractive to him than the other, but he declined to specify which one.
“The key is, how do we restore the honor of the party in the country?” he said, noting that he “definitely” would not rule out a presidential bid in 2024, according to CNN.
“I never rule anything out,” he told the outlet.
Kinzinger is one of the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching then-President Trump earlier this year in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The Senate voted on the matter after Trump had already departed from office and did not reach the threshold of votes required for conviction.
The Illinois lawmaker is one of the two Republicans serving on the House select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 episode — the other GOP member on that committee is Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Kinzinger is a U.S. Air Force veteran who currently serves in the Air National Guard. He has spent more than a decade serving in the House of Representatives. But in a video announcing that he will not seek reelection, Kinzinger made the point that “this isn’t the end of my political future but the beginning.”
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