“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent said.
Dent announced last year he would not seek re-election in 2018.
“Actively engaging in the legislative and political process presents many challenges, and in so doing, I believe I have had a positive impact on people’s lives and made a difference in Congress. I am especially proud of the work I have done to give voice to the sensible center in our country that is often overlooked or ignored. It is my intention to continue to aggressively advocate for responsible governance and pragmatic solutions in the coming years,” Dent said.
Governor Tom Wolf thanked Dent for his service in a statement.
“I thank Representative Dent for his service to our country and commonwealth. While we do not agree on everything, Charlie has always been approachable, and he has always put his constituents above partisan politics. I am proud to have worked with Representative Dent to make improvements in the Lehigh Valley and advance our constituents’ shared interests in Washington,” Wolf said.
Wolf will have 10 days after Dent officially resigns to set the date for a special election to replace Dent. The special election would have to take place no less than 60 days after Wolf issues the write setting the date.
PoliticsPA has reached out to see what lines a special election would take place within since Pennsylvania’s Congressional districts were redrawn earlier this year for the 2018 election.