Another Republican lawmaker has decided to quit Congress ahead of the midterm elections. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and leader of a moderate band of House Republicans, announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he is stepping down from Congress within the next couple of weeks.
“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent said in a statement. “It is my intention to continue to aggressively advocate for responsible governance and pragmatic solutions in the coming years.”
Dent has been in elected office since 1991, when he joined the Pennsylvania House. He came to Congress in 2005 and has represented his Allentown-based district since. He’s a co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group, which has generally partnered with House GOP leaders and represents many of the most vulnerable members of the Republican conference.
Dent clashed with Trump during a brutal 2017 fight over replacing Obamacare, which ultimately failed. At the time, the New York Times Magazine reported that Trump confronted Dent during a White House meeting and accused him of “destroying the Republican Party.”
On Friday, Dent filed legislation that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation from any attempt by Trump or his administration to remove him. He’s one of three House Republicans who have signaled support for such a measure in recent days.
With the latest developments in the Trump White House, it looks like Dent has had enough. In an interview with CNN, anchor John Berman said, “This congressman here, no fan of the president, basically saying I can’t take any more of this. I‘m leaving earlier than I thought.”
Read Dent’s announcement below.
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