WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Reed resigned from office on Tuesday afternoon, taking a new position at a political advocacy group.
Lilly Broadcasting Congressional correspondent Rachel Knapp reports the rep for New York’s 23rd Congressional District tendered his resignation while speaking on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
After almost 12 years in Congress, today is my last day. It has been an honor to serve with you all from both parties. I love this institution as it still exemplifies what is best about our government, we are the People’s house. While I am proud that we put people before politics, there is much more to do. I am leaving to continue that work and hope to have a greater impact on our Country.
I believe the current focus on extremism demands us to heed the words of Abraham Lincoln uttered years ago as we face a similar threat to our existence today— “a house divided cannot stand!” But I add— “a house United will not fail.” It is time for petty political posturing to end. Leadership must emerge And in God I trust. His divine protection will extend again if only we acknowledge and accept His love and the divine spark that exists in each of us as citizens of our great nation.
I want to thank my family, who without their love and support I am nothing. I also thank the people who have worked for us and helped so many. I am grateful.
My most profound appreciation is for the people of Western New York. Thank you for giving a country lawyer, the youngest of twelve, raised by a single mother whose father passed away when he was only two, the honor of representing you at the highest level. Only in America can such a dream come true.
So, I humbly bid farewell and submit my resignation as a Member of the House. I wish you all — Godspeed!” Reed said on Tuesday.
After 12 years in Congress, last month the Republican held a series of “farewell” town halls after he announced last year he would not run for re-election this fall following a self-imposed term limit, and sexual misconduct allegation.
The Representative’s Office says Reed will be joining Charlie Black at the Prime Policy Group in Washington, DC.