“While there is always more to do, elected officials are only temporary stewards of the people’s trust. That’s why today I am announcing that I will not seek and be a candidate for reelection," Reynolds said.
When asked when he had made his decision to step down, Reynolds said he had been considering but did not arrive at a final decision until earlier this week.
“I wouldn’t call it impulsive, but I finalized my decision between the start of this week and today," the New York Republican said.
The five-term lawmaker, though, said he was not stepping down because he was worried about losing in November.
"I believe I would win this election...I would never walk away from a fight," Reynolds said.