Dent Announces May Exit From Congress

Dent Announces May Exit From Congress

Congressman Dent wrote in a press release Tuesday, "After discussions with my family & careful reflection, I have chose to leave Congress in the coming weeks".

Governor Tom Wolf today thanked U.S. Representative Charlie Dent for his service to the country and commonwealth following his announcement that he would resign from Congress in May.

"After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have made a decision to leave Congress in the coming weeks". 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". "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.

Dent said Tuesday he will retire from office in May, months before the election to fill his vacancy.

That means Pennsylvania's 15th District, which will become the 7th district in January, will not have voting representation. Democrats, who need to pick up about two dozen seats to reclaim control of the House, are hoping that President Donald Trump's unpopularity helps lead to a blue wave in this fall's midterm elections.

In September, Dent said that he would finish out his term, but would not seek reelection in 2018.

Dent's office has not yet responded to CNN's request for when exactly he would leave office.

Rep. Dent served as a co-chair of the moderate Tuesday Group.