Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) just announced on Friday that he will resign from Congress before his term officially ends in November.
Graves revealed that he has chosen to cut his term short a month ahead of time because “it just doesn’t seem right to kill time on the taxpayer dime” as Congress heads into a long recess in October.
“With the House planning to wrap up the People’s business and the final report from the Modernization Committee set to be filed in the next few weeks, I intend to step down from Congress and begin the next chapter of life in October,” Graves said in a statement.
“Congress is going into a long recess and my committee work will be complete. In short, my work will be done.”
Graves was originally elected in 2009 after predecessor Nathan Deal resigned in order to run for governor of Georgia. Graves announced in December 2019 that he would opt against running for re-election at the end of his fourth term, saying that it’s time to “pass the baton.”
Graves’s seat in Georgia’s 14th district is strongly Republican, though the race to replace Graves has received significant media attention due to Republican successor Marjorie Taylor Greene’s controversial campaign.
Greene’s support for the QAnon conspiracy theory has drawn much criticism from many on the right and the left, but Democratic challenger Kevin Van Ausdal announced on Friday that he will suspend his campaign, essentially guaranteeing Greene’s victory.