WASHINGTON (CNN) — Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock announced Tuesday he would resign his seat at the end of the month, in the wake of a congressional ethics investigation into reports that he used taxpayer money to fund lavish trips and events.
In a statement, he said he was stepping down “with a heavy heart,” having given his constituents “my all over the last six years.”
“But the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself,” he added.
Politico first reported on Tuesday afternoon the news that Schock would step down.
“I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”