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Congressional Resignations Hit Historical High

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By    |   Monday, 29 January 2018 09:28 AM

The number of members of Congress who have resigned at this point during a session hit the highest point in at least 117 years, FiveThirtyEight reported Monday.

The record was set on Jan. 15 with the 12th member to resign from the 115th Congress, Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, the report said.

The start of the Trump administration led to five of the first six members to resign, as they all took positions in the administration. Historically, that number is similar to seven who joined the Obama administration in 2009 and five who joined the Clinton administration in 1993, the website noted.

Three resigned due to accusations of unwanted sexual advances: Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and Al Franken, D-Minn. Other congressmen have announced they would not run for re-election due to accusations of sexual misconduct, but that is not included in the resignation count, FiveThirtyEight reported.

Those three resignations almost matches the total from the previous 116 years — five, with the first being Bob Packwood in 1995, the report said.

Out of the 615 resignations since 1901, most of them — 58 percent — were because of less controversial reasons, such as winning or being appointed to other electoral offices.

Other reasons for congressional resignations include, according to the website:

  • 15 percent left early because they already were retiring or had lost re-election.
  • 9 percent left to take a job in the private sector.
  • 6 percent left due to scandals other than sexual misconduct.
  • 4 percent left for personal reasons, such as illness or to spend time with family.
  • 3 percent left due to their elections being overturned, but none have done so since 1938.
  • 3 percent left due to unique circumstances, such as political embarrassment (such as Newt Gingrich after the midterm backfire in 1998, The Washington Post reported.
  • 2 percent left to serve in the military — 12 members left during World War II, but none have done so since.

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