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Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) announced Tuesday he will resign from Congress in May.
Dent, a senior appropriator and former chairman of the House Ethics Committee, had already announced his retirement last fall, but initially said he planned to stick around through the end of his term.
The article goes on to state the following:
The centrist lawmaker has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration and has long expressed frustration with the growing polarization of Congress.
Dent released the following statement Tuesday morning:
“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks. Serving the people of the 15th Congressional district has been a tremendous responsibility and the privilege of a lifetime, and I am honored by the trust that so many of my constituents placed in me to represent them in Washington. Actively engaging in the legislative and political process presents many challenges, and in so doing, I believe I have had a positive impact on people’s lives and made a difference in Congress.
“I am especially proud of the work I have done to give voice to the sensible center in our country that is often overlooked or ignored. It is my intention to continue to aggressively advocate for responsible governance and pragmatic solutions in the coming years.”
After discussions with my family & careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks. Serving the people of #PA15 has been a tremendous responsibility & the privilege of a lifetime. pic.twitter.com/p8mik6s8ix
— Rep. Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) April 17, 2018
NEW: GOP Rep Charlie Dent, who earlier said he wouldn’t seek re-election this fall, just announced he’s resigning “in coming weeks.”
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) April 17, 2018
BREAKING: GOP Rep. Charlie Dent resigning “in the coming weeks.” https://t.co/n6YfVEa69G
— Roll Call (@rollcall) April 17, 2018
This timing is cruel. It deprives the people of the 15th to elect someone to replace him, and thus preventing the likely Dem winner from being to run in the fall as a incumbent. Shady shady Charlie Dent. https://t.co/5oAqSI8aba
— melissa byrne (@mcbyrne) April 17, 2018
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