"The main reason for my decision was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it was time to end my weekly trips and get back to Seaford," King said in a statement. "It was not an easy decision."
King represents the South Shore Long Island area, which includes parts of Nassau County and Suffolk County. He won the re-election in 2018 with 53 percent of the vote for Democrat Luba Greek Shirley.
"Politically, I will lack the energy and dynamism of the re-election campaign, especially since my election numbers are as strong as I have been and have more than $ 1
million in campaign money," King says in a statement.
King joins a growing number of Republican members of Congress who have announced retirement, resignation, or said they will seek another job next year.
Prior to his announcement, 19 House Republicans said they would not seek re-election elected is, according to gallery data from the House Press Center, for comparison, eight Democrats said they would not seek re-election.