HARRISBURG, Pa. — Five-term Republican Congressman Tom Marino of Pennsylvania is resigning, taking a job in the private sector.
“Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation,” Marino said in a statement Thursday. “I want to thank the people of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania for the faith they have placed in me to represent them in Congress. It truly has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”
“I worked in Congress to fight for the hardworking people of our region and I am proud of the work we have accomplished. I am confident that the area will continue to thrive.”
In the statement, Marino said that his last day will be Jan. 23, The 66-year-old Marino co-chaired Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania. He easily won re-election in November to his heavily Republican district in northern Pennsylvania.
Trump nominated Marino in 2017 to become the nation’s drug czar, but Marino withdrew his name after reports he played a key role in weakening federal power to stop companies from distributing opioids.
— Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.