U.S. News -- May 14, 2022: Rep. Tom Reed of New York, who had previously decided not to compete for reelection this fall, announced his resignation on the House floor on Tuesday, saying he wanted to "make a greater impact on the country.
According to his office in a press release May 10, 2022, he will join Prime Policy Group, a lobbying business.
Reed was accused of sexual misconduct by a lobbyist in March 2021. He apologized for his actions and stated that he had gotten alcoholism treatment and would not seek a seventh full term. Reed also stepped down as the Republican chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, which is bipartisan.
Reed said he was glad to have "put people before politics" in the House in a floor speech Tuesday, but he condemned the partisanship between Democrats and Republicans.
Reed’s full resignation announcement can be read below:
After almost 12 years in Congress, today is my last day. It has been an honor to serve with you all from both parties. I love this institution as it still exemplifies what is best about our government, we are the People’s house. While I am proud that we put people before politics, there is much more to do. I am leaving to continue that work and hope to have a greater impact on our Country.
I believe the current focus on extremism demands us to heed the words of Abraham Lincoln uttered years ago as we face a similar threat to our existence today— “a house divided cannot stand!” But I add— “a house United will not fail.” It is time for petty political posturing to end. Leadership must emerge And in God I trust. His divine protection will extend again if only we acknowledge and accept His love and the divine spark that exists in each of us as citizens of our great nation.
I want to thank my family, who without their love and support I am nothing. I also thank the people who have worked for us and helped so many. I am grateful.
My most profound appreciation is for the people of Western New York. Thank you for giving a country lawyer, the youngest of twelve, raised by a single mother whose father passed away when he was only two, the honor of representing you at the highest level. Only in America can such a dream come true.
So, I humbly bid farewell and submit my resignation as a Member of the House. I wish you all — Godspeed!
NY23 CONGRESSMAN TOM REED
Wnctimes by Marjorie Farrington