New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed resigned on Tuesday, a year after a sexual harassment claim.
Reed had previously planned to retire from Congress after this term but made the announcement from the House floor in a surprise move.
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“After almost twelve years in Congress, today is my last day. It has been an honor to serve with you all, from both parties. I love this institution, as it still exemplifies what is best about our government; we are the People’s House,” he said.
“While I am proud that we put people before politics, there is much more to do. I am leaving to continue that work and hope to have a greater impact on our country,” he added.
His resignation was first reported by Punchbowl News, adding that Reed would join Prime Policy Group, a public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C.
The House of Representatives Ethics Committee launched an investigation concerning Reed in August after he was accused of sexual misconduct by a former lobbyist last March.
The new move will leave a vacant spot in the House that Republicans hope they can win in November as they seek to regain power in the House.