Rep. Tim Murphy will resign later this month following a report this week that he urged a woman with whom he was having an affair to have an abortion.
urphy had originally announced Wednesday night that he would not seek reelection and serve out the rest of his term through 2018.
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But he will now resign from the House effective Oct. 21, rather than wait for more than a year following the scandal.
Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed that he received a letter of resignation from Murphy on Thursday.
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“We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer,” Ryan said in a statement.