Republican Congressman Tom Marino is resigning from Congress, just two months after voters re-elected him to his post during the 2018 midterm elections.
Notably, Marino co-chaired President Trump’s campaign in Pennsylvania and helped him win the state during the 2016 presidential election.
As the Washington Examiner reports, the Pennsylvania legislator previously served as a state and federal prosecutor and was first elected to Congress in 2010.
Here’s more on Marino, from ABC News:
The 66-year-old former county and federal prosecutor was one of Trump’s earliest supporters in Congress. Trump nicknamed Marino and former Rep. Lou Barletta “thunder and lightning” when they co-chaired his campaign in Pennsylvania.
Trump nominated Marino in 2017 to become the nation’s drug czar, but Marino withdrew his name from consideration after reports he played a key role in a law that weakened federal power to stop companies from distributing opioids.
At the time, Marino defended his work on the law, which passed without opposition in the House and Senate and was signed by President Barack Obama, and said it will help “facilitate a balanced solution” between access to medication and law enforcement’s efforts to prevent abuse.
Marino, who lives in Cogan Station, was a U.S. attorney in the Middle District of Pennsylvania under President George W. Bush and has survived multiple bouts of kidney cancer.
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, must schedule a special election to fill Marino’s seat.
Marino will now take his decades of political and legal experience into the private sector, he said in a statement.
“Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation,” Marino said in his statement.
The congressman described his experience serving the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania as “one of the greatest honors” of his life.
“I want to thank the people of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania for the faith they have placed in me to represent them in Congress. It truly has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Marino said.
The Republican lawmakers last day will be next Wednesday, January 23rd, according to the Washington Examiner.