Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, the 33-year-old Republican once viewed as a rising star in the party, announced on Tuesday he plans to resign from Congress at the end of the month amid a cloud of ethics questions. Schock has been bombarded in recent weeks with a torrent of bad publicity, which began last month after the Washington Post revealed he had spent thousands of taxpayer dollars to redecorate his office in the style of the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.” But the trouble did not end there for Schock. Recent reports have called into question his use of campaign funds to invest in real estate and to pay for a podium that was a replica of President Obama’s.
Embattled Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has announced today that he is resigning, ending a tumultuous period where the four-term lawmaker has faced incredible scrutiny over his congressional office and campaign expenditures, ABC News has confirmed. "Today, I am announcing my resignation as a Member of the United States House of Representatives effective March 31," Schock, 33, wrote in a statement. Schock wrote that “constant questions” over the past six weeks “have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself.” “I have always sought to do what's best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve," he added.