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Congressman Adam Kinzinger will seek reelection

Republican files for candidacy

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti watch as commercial fishermen and scientists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources demonstrate how fishermen in Joliet inhibit the spread of the invasive Asian carp March 26, 2018, at Rock Run Rookery in Joliet.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti watch as commercial fishermen and scientists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources demonstrate how fishermen in Joliet inhibit the spread of the invasive Asian carp March 26, 2018, at Rock Run Rookery in Joliet.

Adam Kinzinger will seek a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kinzinger, R-Channahon, filed nominating petitions with more than 4,000 signatures to vie for the 16th District seat. The district includes Ottawa and Streator. He’s served four terms in the 16th District and one in the 11th.

With 59% of the vote, Kinzinger defeated Democratic challenger Sara Dady in the 2018 race. La Salle Democrat Dani Brzozowski announced she will vie for the 16th District seat.

Shortly after the 2018 election, a New York Times article mentioned Kinzinger as one Republican mentioned by colleagues as a potential retiree. He told the Times, “I fully intend to run again.”

The congressman said he collected more than three times the signatures needed to file.

“I’m proud to serve the hardest-working people in America and am inspired by their resilience,” Kinzinger said in a press statement. “While serving in the minority has not always been easy, I’m encouraged by the people of IL-16 who share my belief that we live in the greatest country on Earth and that our future is bright. I’m humbled by the strong support I’ve received in my bid for reelection, and motivated to continue fighting for the 16th District.”

Kinzinger has been critical of the president’s comments on Twitter. He called on the president to redact a post referencing “lynching” and called another one of his tweets that mentioned a Civil War-like fracture if the president was removed from office “beyond repugnant.” He’s also been critical of the president’s decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria, where they were supporting Syrian Kurds.

With that said, FiveThirtyEight said Kinzinger has voted in line with Trump’s positions 93.3% of the time, and Kinzinger endorsed Trump in November 2018 to the Shaw Media editorial board and has said he is not convinced of impeachment.

Kinzinger listed the opioid epidemic, agricultural issues, bringing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to the floor and ensuring veteran benefits as priority items on his agenda.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished, but I know there is more we can do,” he said. “I’m proud to serve this great district and ready to continue fighting for the people of IL-16.”

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