Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) has announced he plans to leave Congress “in the coming weeks.”
Previously, the moderate Republican announced he did not plan to seek re-election and cited dysfunction in Washington as one of the reasons he did not want to run for another term.
“I’ve always said down the street there’s been a fair amount of instability, uncertainty and dysfunction. I’ve always come to accept a certain amount of dysfunction in government,” Dent said in September 2017 when he first announced his plans to leave Congress. “But, I guess they’ve taken it to a new level. They’ve taken the fun out of dysfunction.”
In a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday, however, Dent said he now plans to leave before the completion of his final term and “after discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks.”
Dent added that despite leaving Congress, “it is my intention to continue to aggressively advocate for responsible governance and pragmatic solutions in the coming years.”
The Pennsylvania Republican did not give further details to indicate why he now plans to leave Congress before the end of his term, although he previously suggested that he had served long enough.
“Frankly, I never planned on serving, voters permitting, more than 5 or 6 terms in the US Congress,” Dent said back in September when he first announced he was vacating his seat. “I’m now serving my seventh term.”
The exact date of his departure has also not been announced.
Read his full statement below, via Twitter:
After discussions with my family & careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks. Serving the people of #PA15 has been a tremendous responsibility & the privilege of a lifetime. pic.twitter.com/p8mik6s8ix
— Rep. Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) April 17, 2018