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GOP Rep. Bob Gibbs announces retirement, calls Ohio’s redistricting fight a 'circus'

Bob Gibbs shakes hands with another person.
M.L. Schultze
U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress.

Ohio Republican Bob Gibbs announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress.

A former state lawmaker, Gibbs was elected to Congress in the Republican wave of 2010. He’s a longtime resident of Holmes County.

The current new Congressional map drew Gibbs into a primary with Max Miller, a former aide in the Trump White House. Miller originally set out to challenge Anthony Gonzalez, who is also retiring from Congress.

Gibbs, who made the announcement on social media this morning, said in a statement that Ohio’s redistricting fight had become a “circus.” Still he said he was confident in the Republican prospects for retaking the House in this year’s midterms.

In a statement issued Wednesday, former President Donald Trump congratulated Gibbs on a “wonderful and accomplished career” and called him a “strong ally to me and MAGA.”

Following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, Gibbs voted against impeaching Trump. He also voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Early voting for the May primary began this week.

Updated: April 6, 2022 at 5:02 PM EDT
Nick Castele was a senior reporter covering politics and government for Ideastream Public Media. He worked as a reporter for Ideastream from 2012-2022.
Ryan Loew is a digital editor for Ideastream Public Media.