Gerlach won’t seek reelection

After a career in state and national politics that spanned nearly 25 years, Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) announced on Monday that he won’t seek a seventh term in the House of Representatives in 2014.

Gerlach said he is ready to tackle new challenges and looks forward to spending more time with his wife and family.

“…This is a tremendously difficult decision because I have had the opportunity to work with a multitude of dedicated public servants throughout the years,” he added. “Together, we have worked to strengthen our communities and create opportunities for the hard-working families we have been privileged to represent. 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.”

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said Gerlach has been a respected leader in the committee, and in Congress, throughout his career.

“…He is a true professional dedicated to finding real solutions for his constituents and the American people…” Camp said.

Before he was elected to Congress, Gerlach served for 12 years in the Pennsylvania House and Senate.

“Finally, I want to acknowledge and express my deep gratitude to all of the outstanding legislative and campaign staff, volunteers and financial supporters who have been with me during the toughest races in the nation, and the toughest votes in the legislative halls in which I have served,” Gerlach said. “Without their tireless work and unwavering support, my service to southeastern Pennsylvania would not have been possible.”