U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi has announced that he is resigning from the House of Representatives.
In a press release issued Wednesday, Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, stated that he plans to resign from his position in Congress to become head of the Ohio Business Roundtable (BRT), which, according to its website, is “a partnership of the chief executives of leading Ohio companies that collectively account for more than $1 trillion in annual revenues, $1 trillion in market value and $2.6 trillion in assets.” BRT was founded in 1992.
“Today, it is with a humble and thankful heart that I announce I will not be seeking reelection,” Tiberi said in a statement released Wednesday by his office. “While I have not yet determined a final resignation date, I will be leaving Congress by January 31, 2018. I have been presented with an opportunity to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable that will allow me to continue to work on public policy issues impacting Ohioans while also spending more time with my family.
“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.”
Tiberi was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2001. He is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, serving as chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and a member of the Tax Policy Subcommittee.
“It has been the most remarkable honor of my life to serve the people of the 12th District,” Tiberi said. “As the son of Italian immigrants, I am forever grateful for the opportunity my parents gave me by coming to America and raising our family in Ohio. It was because of their pursuit of the American Dream that made it possible for me to serve 17 years in the halls of Congress representing my home. This truly is the greatest country in the world.”
Tiberi was reportedly considering a challenge to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2018, but no announcement concerning that had been made public. He’s been openly critical of the slow progress in Congress since the election of President Donald Trump, which gave Republicans control of the White House, Senate, and House.
In his statement, Tiberi said he will miss the people he’s worked with, both in Washington and in Ohio.
“Over the years, I’ve met and worked with so many amazing people, including constituents from all walks of life and my colleagues from across the country,” he said. “I’ve also had the best staff behind me throughout my entire career. We have helped thousands of constituents with problems they have had with the federal government and fought for solutions to improve the lives of Americans everywhere. I am proud of my team’s work and everything that we have accomplished together.
“In Congress, nothing is possible without the support of the people we represent. To the people of Ohio’s 12th District, I will always be appreciative of the years you’ve allowed me to serve. Thank you.”
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