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Rep. Charlie Dent, moderate GOP voice, to resign in May

Rep. Charlie Dent, moderate GOP voice, to resign in May

Charlie Dent announced Tuesday he is resigning in the "coming weeks", a decision that came after he first said he'd be retiring at the end of his term in Congress.

He said in a statement released Tuesday morning that he will leave "in the coming weeks". "Serving the people of the 15th Congressional district has been a tremendous responsibility and the privilege of a lifetime, and I am honored by the trust that so many of my constituents placed in me to represent them in Washington".

"I am especially proud of the work I have done to give voice to the sensible centre in our country that is often overlooked or ignored. It is my intention to continue to aggressively advocate for responsible governance and pragmatic solutions in the coming years".

Wolf's office said in a statement Tuesday that once the governor receives an official resignation notice, "he will make a formal decision regarding scheduling the date of a special election".

Wolf, a Democrat, thanked Dent for his service. "While we do not agree on everything, Charlie has always been approachable, and he has always put his constituents above partisan politics". The date of the special election must be at least 60 days from the time the governor schedules it. The new boundaries are applied to the 2018 elections, but it appears that a special election would take place under the old boundaries. The special election would be held under the 2011 congressional district map, and not the new map, the spokesperson said.

The vacancy can trigger a special election to fill the last few months of Dent's term, which expires at the end of the year.

He now represents portions of Berks, Dauphin and Lebanon counties in Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District.

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The 15th District covers Lehigh and part of Northampton counties.

There's no need to worry about a primary because the parties will choose their candidate at a nominating convention, as they did in the recent race to replace Rep.

Six Democrats and two Republicans are on the May 15 primary election ballot for the 7th District seat.

"We will work tirelessly to keep this seat under Republican control", National Republican Congressional Chairman Steve Stivers of OH said in a statement Tuesday.

"Congressman Dent consistently worked across the aisle to deliver results for the hardworking families of his district", Stivers said. He also chairs the appropriations subcommittee on military construction and veterans' affairs.

The victor would serve out the balance of the term, which would end when the new Congress is seated in January 2019.

Dent is one of the dozens of U.S. House Republicans, many of them moderates, who have chosen not to run for re-election in what's expected to be a rough mid-term for the GOP.


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