CHICAGO — After 12 terms in Congress, Illinois Democrat Luis Gutierrez announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection when his term ends in 2019.
Instead, he plans to focus on rebuilding Puerto Rico in wake of Hurricane Maria.
Gutierrez filed nominating petitions to be on the ballot Monday, but will now withdraw them.
He also endorsed 63-year-old Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to run for his seat.
In 1992, Gutierrez became Illinois' first Hispanic Congressman
Since then, he's been one of the most outspoken lawmakers when it comes to immigration reform and a leading critic of the Trump administration.