Moderate Republican Rep. Charlie Dent to resign

Lester Mason
April 18, 2018

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) has announced he plans to leave Congress "in the coming weeks".

In a statement Tuesday that he also posted on Twitter, Dent said he made a decision to leave Congress "after discussions with my family and careful reflection". "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".

Dent's early exit is likely to set off a scramble for his gavel on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.

Dent had previously announced in September that he would not run for reelection in 2018, but in a new statement, he moved up the time of his departure.

In a statement Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, thanked Dent for his service.

Dent represents Pennsylvania's 15 congressional district, which includes parts of Lebanon and Dauphin counties. "I'm proud to lead this bipartisan effort in the House of Representatives that will ensure the Special Counsel can complete his work and that faith in our most fundamental democratic processes is not further eroded".

"Charlie Dent is a voice of reason and civility that breaks through the chaos and partisanship of Washington and he will be missed", Governor Wolf said.

The Republican said previous year that he planned to retire from Congress in 2018 instead of seeking re-election.

Wolf can schedule the special election for the same day as the November general election, allowing the special election victor to serve out the remainder of the 2018 cycle, while the winner of the normal election begins their term in 2019.

That would set up a scenario in which the campaign for the special election to fill Dent's seat would overlap with the campaigns of the mid-term elections. The new 7th District was created per a state Supreme Court ruling that declared Pennsylvania's current congressional districts to be overly gerrymandered.

Wolf will have 10 days after Dent officially resigns to set the date for a special election to replace Dent.

Charlie Dent announced in April that he would resign from Congress "in the coming weeks" instead of serving out the rest of his term in Congress.

Rep. Dent served as a co-chair of the moderate Tuesday Group.

The victor would serve out the balance of the term, which would end when the new Congress is seated in January 2019.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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