Former Rep. Adam Kinzinger joins CNN

U.S. Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) delivers remarks during the last meeting of the House Select Committee to investigate the Capitol attack on Dec. 19 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is joining CNN as a senior political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.

The big picture: Kinzinger, one of two Republican members of the House Jan. 6 committee, ended his sixth term in Congress this week after deciding not to seek re-election.

Zoom out: A fierce critic of former President Trump and election deniers within his party, Kinzinger was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Capitol insurrection.

  • He faced threats stemming from his work investigating the Capitol riot.
  • Kinzinger's backed both Democrats and Republican candidates in state elections late last year, another sign of the lawmaker's break with the GOP.

What they're saying: "Kinzinger joins CNN with extensive experience in GOP politics," CNN said.

  • "Happy to join the team @CNN!" the former congressman tweeted.

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