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Ohio Rep. Bill Gradison Expected to Resign

January 9, 1993 GMT

CINCINNATI (AP) _ U.S. Rep. Bill Gradison appears on the verge of resigning from Congress to become the health insurance industry’s top lobbyist in Washington.

The 64-year-old Republican, who was sworn in for a 10th two-year term on Tuesday, has called a news conference for Monday at which he’s expected to announce his resignation.

Published reports this week said Gradison has accepted an offer to become president of the Washington-based Health Insurance Association of America.

Gradison would be banned by law from having any direct contact with his House colleagues for one year after his resignation.

He would be allowed to give the insurance group advice and plan strategy for handling negotiations with Congress. Health care and tax policy have been Gradison’s areas of expertise over the years.

Gradison was re-elected in November with 75 percent of the vote. His district includes Cincinnati’s east side and parts of surrounding counties.

He was defeated in his attempt to win a place in Republican leadership in the House in December. A day later, he said he was considering the outside job offer, but said he would stay at least until the new session of Congress began.

On Wednesday, Gradison gave up his seat as the ranking Republican on the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.