Chris Gibson prepares for life out of office

December 29, 2016 06:32 PM

KINDERHOOK - Finishing strong and transitioning well - that has been Congressman Chris Gibson's focus since the November election.  Six years of working for legislation to benefit chronic Lyme sufferers, our military and opioid users and their families have recently become law thanks, in part, to the 52 year old Congressman from Kinderhook.

"I feel like I really understand my District and that put me in a position to serve in a meaningful way," explained Gibson from his home in Kinderhook on Thursday.

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The retired Army Colonel went to Washington in 2011 with three goals - help and grow the economy, balance the budget and protect the American way of life.  Unemployment has been halved, the deficit cut by 70% and the Constitution is what guided every decision Gibson made in DC.

"I followed through on what constituents sent me to Washington (to do)."

The 19th is a sprawling and diverse district.  Its 8000 square miles lie in 11 counties that are split, almost evenly, between Republicans and Democrats.  Gibson is a proud Conservative but his voting record earned him the rank of most bi-partisan member of the House.

"Representatives have the responsibility to serve everyone.  Whether they voted for them or not or didn't vote at all...I took that responsibility very seriously."

When Gibson first announced he would not seek re-election, he was considering a run for Governor.  He ultimately decided against it, citing his number one priority of wife and three children.  Gibson did not, however, rule out a return to politics adding that his youngest graduates in 2019.

"That's another moment where we can assess everything and make a decision, where we go from there."

The Colonel who served several tours in Iraq and Kosovo reports to a new duty next week at Williams College.  It's not a completely new gig, however, Professor Gibson also taught at West Point.  He will also be working on a book which should be released in October.


Abigail Bleck

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