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US Rep. Jim Gerlach won't seek another term on Capitol Hill

6-term congressman wants to spend more time with wife, family

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach will soon be calling it a career on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Gerlach, a Chester County Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 6th District, announced Monday afternoon that he will not seek 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," Gerlach said in a statement.

"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," continued Gerlach, who was first elected to Congress in 2002.

The 6th District includes parts of Berks, Chester, Lebanon and Montgomery counties.

Gerlach, 58, lives in Chester Springs, Chester Co. He began his political career with his election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1990. He served two terms there before being elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 1994.

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