CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois says he won’t seek a 14th term next year.
The Democratic congressman from Chicago announced Tuesday that he still plans to fight for immigration reform and advocate for Puerto Rico, where his family is from.
Gutierrez said he plans to travel nationwide and spend time with family after he finishes his term. He said he has no immediate plans to run for public office in Illinois or Puerto Rico, but he did not fully rule out the possibility of future public office.
The move came as a surprise because Gutierrez filed his candidate petitions for Illinois’ March primary ballot a day earlier. He was first elected in 1992 and has remained popular in the largely Hispanic district in the Chicago area.
Gutierrez endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia as a replacement. Garcia forced Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a mayoral runoff election in 2015.