NY Republican announces retirement, first of new Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) - New York Republican Rep. Chris Gibson said Tuesday that he will retire in two years, marking the first announced departure of the new Congress.

But in a statement on his House website, the 50-year-old lawmaker indicated that he is not finished with politics. He said he might be a candidate for office in New York in four years - when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's second term would be ending.

"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," Gibson said.

Gibson has one of the more liberal voting records among congressional Republicans. This will be his third two-year term representing the mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills Mountains north of New York City.

He came to Congress after a 24-year Army career that included four tours in Iraq. He said his decision to step down was consistent with a promise to limit his time in office that he made when he first ran for his seat in 2010.

The new Congress takes office Tuesday at noon.

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