Congressman Richard Hanna has decided six years in the House of Representatives will be enough.

The 22nd District Republican from Oneida County told The Post-Standard of Syracuse that he won't seek re-election next year.

Hanna said it was not an easy decision but that he ultimately chose to spend more time with his wife and their young children.

The 64-year-old Hanna has scheduled news conferences for Monday morning at his Barneveld home and for Tuesday morning at his district office in downtown Binghamton.

Claudia Tenney announcing her candidacy in downtown Binghamton on November 17, 2015. (Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Claudia Tenney announcing her candidacy in downtown Binghamton on November 17, 2015. (Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, a New Hartford Republican, last month announced she would seek the party's nomination for the Congressional seat.

Hanna defeated Tenney in a June 2014 primary and he faced no Democratic challenger in the general election.

Tenney issued a statement Sunday afternoon thanking Hanna for his service to the people of the 22nd District and wishing him well in retirement.

In her statement, Tenney asked for support of the district's voters "so the voice of the people can be heard again."

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, a Utica Democrat, has been considering running for the congressional seat.

Brindisi's office released a statement Sunday afternoon commending Hanna for "his willingness to work across the aisle to get things done" in Washington.

Brindisi did not indicate when he will announce his plans concerning a possible bid for Congress.

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