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Rep. Kinzinger files for sixth term in U.S. House

Lawmaker was re-elected in 2018 with 59% of vote

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (center), R-Channahon, chats with Princeton Mayor Joel Quiram (left) and Bureau County Board Vice Chairman Keith Cain (right) during Kinzinger's visit to the Prouty Building in Princeton on Aug. 1. Kinzinger, 41, has filed nominating petitions to run for a sixth term in 2020.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (center), R-Channahon, chats with Princeton Mayor Joel Quiram (left) and Bureau County Board Vice Chairman Keith Cain (right) during Kinzinger's visit to the Prouty Building in Princeton on Aug. 1. Kinzinger, 41, has filed nominating petitions to run for a sixth term in 2020.

Adam Kinzinger will seek a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kinzinger, 41, a Channahon Republican, filed nominating petitions with more than 4,000 signatures to vie for the 16th District seat. He's served four terms in the 16th, one in the 11th.

With 59 percent of the vote districtwide, Kinzinger defeated Democratic challenger Sara Dady, of Rockford, in the 2018 race. LaSalle Democrat Dani Brzozowski announced she will vie for the 16th District seat.

Shortly after the 2018 election, a New York Times article cited Kinzinger as one of the Republicans mentioned by colleagues as a potential retiree. He told the New York Times, “I fully intend to run again."

The congressman said he collected more than three times the signatures needed to file.

“I’m proud to serve the hardest-working people in America, and am inspired by their resilience," Kinzinger said in a news release.

"While serving in the minority has not always been easy, I’m encouraged by the people of IL-16 who share my belief that we live in the greatest country on Earth and that our future is bright. I’m humbled by the strong support I’ve received in my bid for re-election, and motivated to continue fighting for the 16th District."

Kinzinger has been critical of President Donald Trump's comments on Twitter. He called on the president to redact a post referencing "lynching" and called another one of his tweets that mentioned a Civil War-like fracture if the president was removed from office "beyond repugnant." He's also been critical of the president's decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria where they were supporting Syrian Kurds.

With that said, FiveThirtyEight said Kinzinger has voted in line with Trump's positions 93.3 percent of the time, and Kinzinger endorsed Trump in November 2018 to the Shaw Media editorial board and has said he is not convinced of impeachment.

Kinzinger listed the opioid epidemic, agricultural issues, bringing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to the floor and ensuring veteran benefits as priority items on his agenda.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished, but I know there is more we can do," he said.

"I’m proud to serve this great district, and ready to continue fighting for the people of IL-16.”

Illinois' 16th Congressional District covers all of Boone, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle and Putnam counties and parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will and Winnebago counties.

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