Republican state representative Tom Reed resigned from Congress Tuesday, just over a year after he apologized after alleging he molested a lobbyist in 2017.
Reed had previously announced that he would not seek re-election in the fall, but announced on Tuesday that he was bringing his departure date forward by seven months.
“After almost 12 years in Congress, today is my last day,” Reed, 50, announced on the floor of the House of Representatives.
“It has been an honor to work with all of you from both parties,” he added. “I love this institution as it still exemplifies the best of our government. We are the People’s House.
“While I’m proud that we’re putting people before politics, there’s a lot more work to be done,” Reed continued. “I’m leaving to continue this work and hope to have a greater impact on our country.”
Reed’s office confirmed to reporters that he would join DC-based government and public relations firm Prime Policy Group.
The legislature further cited Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 remark that “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” a warning Reed said was reinforced by what he called the “current focus on extremism.” more urgent.
“But I add – a united house will not fail. It’s time the petty political posturing ended,” Reed said. “Leadership must emerge, and in God I trust. His divine protection will extend anew if only we acknowledge and embrace his love and the divine spark that exists within each of us as citizens of our great nation.”
In conclusion, Reed thanked voters in New York’s 23rd congressional district for honoring “a country attorney, the youngest of twelve children, who was raised by a single mother whose father died when I was just two years old , to represent you at the congress at the highest level. Only in America can such a dream come true.
“So I humbly say goodbye and tender my resignation as a member of the House of Representatives, and I wish you all the best of luck!”
In March 2021, Reed apologized to Nicolette Davis — who claimed to The Washington Post that the Republican made unwanted sexual advances to her at a Minneapolis bar four years earlier.
“Put simply, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I’m sorry, and I take full responsibility,” he said in a statement.
Reed joins 18 other House Republicans who have chosen not to contest their seats in this year’s midterm election later this year. On the Democrat side, 32 members of the House of Representatives are not seeking re-election.
Early polls have given the GOP an advantage over the upcoming Democrats, with Reed’s seat likely to remain in Republican hands.
In 2020, Reed won a sixth term with 57.7% of the vote, surpassing former President Donald Trump’s total in the district.
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