Former Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi will not try to run again for Congress following two very close elections against Republican Claudia Tenney.

“I've decided I will not be running for Congress again in 2022. I want to thank everyone for their continued support, and know that I’ll still be an advocate for this community, regardless of if I’m a Congressman, Assemblyman, neighbor or friend,” Brindisi wrote on Twitter Thursday.

He said now is a crucial time in his children’s lives, with his son starting high school and daughter entering her final year of elementary school, and wants to be closer to his family.

“We accomplished a lot in two short years, from expanding mental health care for our veterans and active duty personnel to ensuring our tax dollars go towards supporting American manufacturing and jobs,” Brindisi tweeted.

The former New York state assemblyman was elected to New York’s 22nd Congressional District in 2018, defeating incumbent Rep. Tenney by fewer than 4,500 votes. A rematch with Tenney in 2020 ended with her reclaiming the House seat by just 109 votes after months of court battles. A judge didn’t order the certification of Tenney as the winner until early February.

The close race resulted in Oneida County's two election commissioners stepping down after a judge cited several problems with the Oneida County Board of Elections, including a failure to process many registration forms that were submitted by the deadline.


Facebook Twitter