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Congressman Tom Reed announces retirement, effective immediately

Congressman Tom Reed has resigned, effective immediately.

What will Reed do after leaving the House?

The 23rd District Republican made the announcement on the floor of the House Tuesday. He says he’s accepted a position working with Charles R. Black, Jr., the founder of Prime Policy Group. The firm does public relations work for the Republican party. Reed says he will also do other work for the GOP. After being accused of sexual misconduct by a female lobbyist and admitting to a past problem with alcohol, Reed announced he would not seek re-election in 2022.

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Reed made the following remarks on the House floor Tuesday:

Madam Speaker,

After almost 12 years in Congress, today is my last day. It has been an honor to serve with you all from both parties. I love this institution as it still exemplifies what is best about our government, we are the People’s house.  While I am proud that we put people before politics, there is much more to do. I am leaving to continue that work and hope to have a greater impact on our Country.

I believe the current focus on extremism demands us to heed the words of Abraham Lincoln uttered years ago as we face a similar threat to our existence today— “a house divided cannot stand!”  But I add— “a house United will not fail.”  It is time for petty political posturing to end. Leadership must emerge And in God I trust. His divine protection will extend again if only we acknowledge and accept His love and the divine spark that exists in each of us as citizens of our great nation.

I want to thank my family, who without their love and support I am nothing. I also thank the people who have worked for us and helped so many.  I am grateful.

My most profound appreciation is for the people of Western New York. Thank you for giving a country lawyer, the youngest of twelve, raised by a single mother whose father passed away when he was only two, the honor of representing you at the highest level. Only in America can such a dream come true.

So, I humbly bid farewell and submit my resignation as a Member of the House. I wish you all — Godspeed!

Reed says his office will continue to serve the residents of the 23rd District until a new Congressman is elected.

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