(THEGUARDIAN) — Illinois representative Aaron Schock, a rising star who has faces several ethics inquiries into expensive trips and an elaborately decorated Downton Abbey-themed office, will resign from Congress, Politico reported on Tuesday.
Schock, a Republican who has served in the House since 2009, came under scrutiny over the last month after allegations surfaced that he had improperly used taxpayer and campaign funds on lavish activities including dinners, flights in private jets, and even concert tickets.
“Today, I am announcing my resignation as a Member of the United States House of Representatives effective March 31,” Schock said in a statement to Politico. “I do this with a heavy heart. Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life. I thank them for their faith in electing me and letting me represent their interests in Washington. I have given them my all over the last six years. I have traveled to all corners of the District to meet with the people I’ve been fortunate to be able to call my friends and neighbors.”