Chris Gibson won't run again for Congress in 2016

As Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was sworn into his third term in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, he announced that it would be his last.

In a statement, Gibson said that he will step down from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of his current two-year term:

"As I stated shortly after retiring from the US Army and first pursuing a seat in Congress in 2010, I planned to self-impose term limits. Accordingly, after much reflection and consultation with my family, this will be my third and final time taking the oath of office as a Representative in the US House. I thank the voters of Upstate NY for this privilege to serve and pledge to continue to work tirelessly on their behalf in this final term."

In November, Gibson won a resounding victory over Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge to represent New York's 19th Congressional District, which covers much of the Catskills. It is Gibson's third term in office as a congressman, and his second representing the newly-redrawn 19th district. 

Gibson's announcement will make the 2016 Congressional race for the 19th District in the Catskills interesting. The million-dollar question? Will his former challenger Sean Eldridge run again.