Congressman Gerlach does not seek re-election

Congressman Jim Gerlach, right, chats with members of the Lower Providence Historical Society at the group's fund-raising breakfast in this file photo. (Submitted photo)

After decades of service in state government, longtime Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach announced he will not seek election to a seventh term in the 6th District.

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 wrote in an email announcing his decision Monday.

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.

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Gerlach, 58, of Chester Springs, was elected to Congress in 2002. The 6th District covers parts of Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties.

Fellow Republican Congressman Joe Pitts said in a press release Monday: Jim Gerlach is a smart and valued member of our delegation. Jim and I are both from Chester County and weve had many opportunities to work together over the years. We are very sorry to lose him.

The 6th District includes Reading, the townships of Amity, Brecknock, Caernarvon, Colebrookdale, Cumru, District, Douglass, Earl District 2, Exeter, Hereford District 1, Longswamp, Lower Alsace, Maxatawny, Muhlenberg Districts 1 and 4, Pike, Robeson, South Heidelberg Precinct 2, Spring District 1, Union and Washington, and the boroughs of Adamstown, Bally, Bechtelsville, Birdsboro, Boyertown, Kenhorst, Kutztown, Mohnton, Mount Penn, New Morgan, Shillington, Sinking Spring, St. Lawrence, Topton, West Lawn, West Reading, Womelsdorf, Wyomissing, and Wyomissing Hills.