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Rep. Peter King, R-NY, will not seek re-election in 2020

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Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the powerful 14-term congressman who once chaired the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2020.

King, in a statement Monday, said his "prime reason" for retiring "was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home in Seaford."

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"This was not an easy decision. But there is a season for everything and Rosemary and I decided that, especially since we are both in good health, it is time to have the flexibility to spend more time with our children and grandchildren," he said. "My daughter’s recent move to North Carolina certainly accelerated my thinking."

Rep. Peter King, R-NY, announced his retirement on Monday after serving in the House of Representatives for 28 years. (Getty Images)

The congressman, who served as a member of the House Intelligence Committee during the Mueller-Russia probe, said his decades in Congress has been "an extraordinary experience."

"Politically I will miss the energy and dynamism of a re-election campaign especially since my polling numbers are as strong as they have ever been and I have more than $1 million in campaign funds," King wrote in his statement. He said he will continue to be "active politically."

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

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