According to the Reading Eagle Dent told Governor Tom Wolf and House Speaker Paul Ryan he will officially resign at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.
“I would like to thank the people of the 15th District and the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for putting their trust and faith in me to serve as their representative. I am forever grateful,” Dent wrote in the letter.
Dent, who announced he would not seek re-election last year, did not give a reason for his early exit from Congress, but it has been reported that job opportunities ahead of the midterm elections helped his decision.
In Wolf’s announcement setting the special election to replace Congressman Pat Meehan on the November 6th general election, he said that other Congressional special elections would do that same thing.