Rep. Charlie Dent to Resign From Congress Next Month

UNITED STATES – FEBRUARY 14: Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., leaves House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Charlie Dent announced Tuesday that he plans to resign from Congress next month instead of retiring at the end of the current session as he had originally announced.

“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican, said in a statement. His office said he will step down in May.

Dent had said in September that he would retire from Congress at the end of 2018.

Dent did not offer a specific reason for his early departure, though he has often been critical of his party’s positions and tactics, especially those members of the conservative Freedom Caucus.

Asked last week if GOP incumbents were feeling the effects of a taxing midterms environment, said, “I think there’s a lot of weariness and a lot of exhaustion, frankly. This is going to be a challenging year.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Rebecca Shabad