Top GOP lawmaker announces resignation from the house

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) reportedly announces resignation from his seat, as he plans to assume a role with the Ohio Business Roundtable, a business consortium, The New York Times reported.

The senior Congressman, who was first elected to Congress in 2000, doubles as a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, leading its health subcommittee, and as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.

  • His reasons

In a statement on Thursday, Tiberi said, “Today, it is with a humble and thankful heart that I announce I will not be seeking reelection. While I have not yet determined a final resignation date, I will be leaving Congress by January 31, 2018.”

“I have been presented with an opportunity to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable that will allow me to continue to work on public policy issues impacting Ohioans while also spending more time with my family. Leaving Congress is not a decision I take lightly but after a lot of consideration, it is the best one for me, my wife, Denice, and our four wonderful daughters”, he continued.

  • Worries within the GOP

Tiberi’s planned discontinuation from the city Congress adds up to series of such decisions experienced among the Congressional GOP in recent months after Sen. Bob Corker representing Tennessee recently announced that he does not plan to run for reelection.

Similarly, last month, two moderate Republicans; Reps. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Charlie Dent(R-Pa.), also announced surprised retirements, thus sparking worries in some members of the GOP of its ability to sustain the party’s hold on the House.

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