WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Chris Gibson (R–19th) took the oath of office this week as member of the U.S. House of Representatives and released statement on his priorities for the session. The statement included a vow that this will be his last term in the House.
He suggested that he is interested in pursuing statewide office, although he was not specific about which office he might seek after he leaves the house at the end of 2016.
“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,” he said in a press release dated January 6. His statement continued, saying, “As I stated shortly after retiring from the US Army and first pursuing a seat in Congress in 2010, I planned to self-impose 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.”
Congressman Gibson, a Kinderhook resident, laid out his plans for the upcoming term, saying his focus would be on “jobs and raising the standard of living for all.” The release mentions tax reform that lowers rates for small business owners and families, and business tax reform that “facilitates investment in infrastructure.” He also said he supports legislative action to “secure our borders and fix our broken immigration system.”
Among other items he also singled out education policy that “empowers local school districts, teachers, administrators, parents, and students by rolling back Common Core and [that] makes necessary investments” and he mentioned “common sense provisions, grounded in science, that balance the priorities of lowering our energy costs while protecting our environment, legislation for members of the military and their families, during and after their service.
Addressing an effort he has already pressed in the House, he said he would seek federal policies that “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. And he promised to continue his individual casework assistance for constituents.
Despite his decision on the House seat Mr. Gibson’s statement made it clear he still has an interest in elective office. “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,” Mr. Gibson said. Two statewide offices that will be up for election that year are U.S. Senate, the seat that is now held by Kirsten Gillibrand, and governor.
Rep. Gibson won his third term by a wide margin over Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge of Ulster County last fall.