Rep. Gibson says this will be his last term, but not ruling out run for higher office


Gibson (file): “… building a stronger team …” for 2018

WASHINGTON – The 114th Congress of the United States convenes today.  Rep. Chris Gibson (R, 19) is a part of it, but he announced today this will be his third and final term in the House
“With humility and excitement, I take the oath of office today to serve as the Representative for the 19th District of NY in the United States House for the 114th Congress,” Gibson said.  “I deeply appreciate the overwhelming support I received in the November election.  There was a strong mandate from across the ideological spectrum and partisan divide, something that is rare in the current political environment.
Gibson is considered a moderate Republican who is open to bipartisan cooperation.  That has included working with Democrat Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.
Gibson said he believes in term limits.
“Accordingly, after much reflection and consultation with my family, this will be my third and final time taking the oath of office as a Representative in the US House. I thank the voters of Upstate NY for this privilege to serve and pledge to continue to work tirelessly on their behalf in this final term.   Moving forward, I will be committed to building a stronger team so that the GOP can compete and win statewide in 2018, including the possibility of being a candidate in that cycle.”
He is not saying what that office might be.    
Gibson lists several priorities for the 114th session, including

Pro-growth tax reform that lowers rates for small business owners and hard working families, and business tax reform that facilitates investment in infrastructure;
Legislative action that would secure our borders and fix our broken immigration system;
Responsible regulatory reform;
Education policy that empowers local school districts, teachers, administrators, parents, and students by rolling back Common Core and makes necessary investments;
Common sense provisions, grounded in science, that balance the priorities of lowering our energy costs while protecting our environment;
Protection of our cherished way of life from threats from abroad while standing strong on our Bill of Rights here at home;
Legislation that honors the service of our nation’s military and their families, while serving and afterwards; and,
A strong local focus that includes federal policies that will help find cures and solutions for chronic Lyme sufferers, expanded access and deployment of rural broadband, support for farmers, and assistance to localities with storm relief and mitigation along with individual casework assistance for constituents.

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