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Pat Tiberi announces plans to resign from Congress

October 19, 2017

Rep. Pat Tiberi, a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, on Thursday announced he is not seeking re-election in 2018 and will leave Congress by the end of January.

“Leaving Congress is not a decision I take lightly but after a lot of consideration, it is the best one for me, my wife, Denice, and our four wonderful daughters,” Mr. Tiberi, an Ohio Republican who has served in Congress since 2001, said in a statement.

Mr. Tiberi said he plans to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable, saying the move will allow him to continue to work on public policy issues affecting residents of the state and spend more time with his family.

In addition to his post on the powerful Ways and Means committee, Mr. Tiberi also serves as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, a bicameral economic advisory panel.

Amid the GOP’s push for tax reform, Mr. Tiberi now becomes at least the seventh Republican Ways and Means member who will not be seeking re-election next year.

Reps. Diane Black of Tennessee, Jim Renacci of Ohio, and Kristi Noem of South Dakota are all running for governor next year in their respective states.

Reps. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, Sam Johnson of Texas, and Dave Reichert of Washington have also announced they will be retiring.

Fellow Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, who heads the House GOP’s campaign arm, said Mr. Tiberi’s presence will be “sorely missed” but predicted a Republican hold.

“Ohio’s 12th District was carried by Republicans from the top of the ticket down by double-digit margins in 2016, and I am confident its long record of electing conservative leaders will continue in 2018,” Mr. Stivers said.