Breaking: Rep. Marino Resigns
Rep. Tom Marino (R-Lycoming) is resigning from Congress.
(AP) _ 5-term Republican Congressman Tom Marino of Pennsylvania is resigning, taking job in private sector.
— Mark Scolforo (@houseofbuddy) January 17, 2019
The five term Republican announced he is stepping away to take a position in the private sector.
“As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress. Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation. I want to thank the people of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania for the faith they have placed in me to represent them in Congress. It truly has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I worked in Congress to fight for the hardworking people of our region and I am proud of the work we have accomplished. I am confident that the area will continue to thrive,” Marino said in a release.
Marino was the first Republican Congressman in Pennsylvania to endorse President Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP Primary and only the fifth member of Congress to vow support for him according to Politico.
Trump selected Marino to be the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, but was never confirmed, in part due to a Washington Post/60 Minutes report detailing his role pushing a bill that “undermined” the DEA.
Last week, Marino introduced legislation to make House terms for Congressional representatives four years.
In the release about his resignation, he touts passing eight bills into law, specifically H.R. 348, 366 and S. 238.
Marino coasted to re-election in the newly drawn 12th District in November.