Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) resigned from his seat on Thursday.
The senior congressman plans to assume a role with the Ohio Business Roundtable, a business consortium, The New York Times reported, citing three Republicans briefed on his plans.
“Today, it is with a humble and thankful heart that I announce I will not be seeking reelection,” Tiberi said in a statement Thursday. “While I have not yet determined a final resignation date, I will be leaving Congress by January 31, 2018.”
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said he is happy for Tiberi but added that Congress would be a “poorer place without him.”
“This is a harder life in terms of being away from home and putting up with the pace and the public battering that one sometimes must endure,” Cole told the Times.
“And no raises in a decade is hard on many members with families.”
Tiberi is an influential member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
President Trump carried Tiberi’s central Ohio district by approximately 11 points in 2016, 53.2 to 41.9 percent, over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Republican Mitt Romney topped former President Barack Obama, 54.4 percent to 43.9 percent, in the 12th District in 2012.
The report comes after Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) recently announced that he does not plan to run for reelection.
Last month, two moderate Republicans — Reps. Dave Reichert (Wash.) and Charlie Dent (Pa.) — also announced surprise retirements, sparking worries in some members of the GOP about whether the party could hold the House.
The report also comes as Trump has struggled to achieve his key agenda items, including the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare.
With all these Resignations or not standing for re-elections from Republicans, the GOP is under Pressure. Makes you think, could they know of something heading Trump’s way and do not want to be associated any more?? Possibly.
What are your thought?