Following “periodic discussions” with his family members, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) decided that it is best to renounce public office starting 2018. Dent expressed regret that some people have managed to instill “dysfunction, disorder, and chaos” in Washington despite his efforts toward “stability, certainty, and predictability.”
The House moderate made the announcement that he would not seek re-election for an eighth term, Thursday.
Dent said that he decided in “mid-summer” after discussing the issue with his family and friends. He is known as a controversial figure that sometimes used to side with Democrats on issues controversial to the rest of the Republican party.
For instance, earlier this year, he urged Democrats to push for a bill to fund the government despite the action being stalled by negotiations within his party. In July, the Pennsylvania Republican blasted the Trump administration for failing to communicate its vision for healthcare reform after the GOP failed to roll back Obamacare.
Dent to Continue His Work Outside the Government
Dent, who sat on the House Ethics Committee from 2015 to 2016, said the panel is the only congressional committee that needs bipartisan cooperation to function properly.
I promise to continue my role, both inside and soon outside the government,
He also promised to continue to solve problems affecting the average American “through smart policy,” which should be the result of cooperation and sometimes compromise.
Dent is not the only key Republican representative from a swing district that thinks it is better to retire. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL.) and Dave Reichert (R-WA.) have also announced their retirement.
Dent’s Pennsylvania 15th district was won by the President last year with 51.8 percent of votes. The district includes a couple of counties that overwhelmingly voted for Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton last year.
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