Today Congressman Tom Reed took to the floor of Congress to announce he would be resigning from office.
“Mister Speaker, after almost twelve years in Congress, today is my last day,” Reed said. “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 peoples’ house.”
“I believe the current focus on extremism demands us to heed the words of Abraham Lincoln, uttered years ago as we faced 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,” Reed added.
Congressman Reed also announced he would be taking a new job at the Prime Policy Group, a government relations firm in D.C. Reed will serve as the group’s vice-chairman.
Reed was elected to office in 2010, and in March 2021 announced he would not be seeking re-election following accusations of sexual misconduct. His departure leaves a vacancy and the possibility of a special election to fill his seat. However Governor Kathy Hochul’s office has not yet responded to questions about when she would call a special election.