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Rep. Tom Marino announces resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Tom Marino, a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 12 district, announced his resignation this morning, saying that he plans to go into the private sector.

Marino was re-elected this November to a fifth term in the House. In a statement, Rep. Marino said he plans to use his legal and business expertise to "create jobs around the nation." 

"I worked in Congress to fight for the hardworking people of our region and I am proud of the work we have accomplished," he said in a release. "I am confident that the area will continue to thrive.”

Marino helped to pass eight bills during two presidential administrations throughout his career, including streamlining the approval of federally funded energy, infrastructure and construction projects. He also pushed for the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act, which mandated that pepper spray be provided to prison officers in high and medium-security prisions, as well as the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013, which prohibited attendance at animal fights. Marino was also involved in the continue fight for rural broadband access and in foster care and cystic fibrosis policymaking. 

Marino served as U.S.attorney, district attorney and assistant district attorney. 

In 2017, President Donald Trump tapped Marino has a pick for drug czar. Marino withdrew his name after a report surfaced showing that he had supported leglisation opposed by the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the opioid crisis. 

Marino has not yet revealed details about the job he's taking in the private industry.

What happens when a representative resigns from the house?

In the House of Representatives, a special election must be held that follows the full election cycle: nominations, a primary and a general election. The process can take three to six months.

In the meantime, the staff of the former representative is under supervision by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, and the constituents in the congressional district—in this case, the 12th, which includes northern and central Pennsylvania—do not have voting representation in the house. If you live in Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, or Wyoming county and are represented by Marino, you can continue to contact his interim office for assistance.

 

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