Congressman Pitts won’t seek re-election

Congressman Joseph Pitts (U.S. House of Representatives)

WASHINGTON (WHTM) – The Republican congressman who has represented most of Lancaster County for 18 years says he won’t seek re-election next year.

Congressman Joseph Pitts said he appreciates the support of everyone who urged him to run, but he said he decided against it “after prayerful consideration.”

In a statement released Friday, Pitts said he intends to continue his work for human rights around the world.

“As a person of faith, and a follower of Jesus, I believe that we are called to pursue justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Pitts wrote. “I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom, both domestic and international, as well as on matters of culture and the American family.”

Pitts has represented the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania since 1997. The district includes parts of Berks and Chester counties.

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