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  • A Republican House member from Ohio is resigning and will leave Congress by January 31, 2018.
  • Rep. Pat Tiberi has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2001.
  • The New York Times notes Tiberi is an “influential member” of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Pat Tiberi, a Republican House member from Ohio, announced Thursday that he would not seek reelection and would leave Congress before the end of his term.

The New York Times first reported the news of Tiberi’s resignation late Wednesday night. In a statement, the congressman did not reveal when he would leave the House, but said it would be by January 31, 2018. 

Tiberi has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2001, and is an “influential member” of the House Ways and Means Committee with “close ties to his party’s leaders,” The Times notes. Tiberi was in the running to chair the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee in 2015, but lost out to Rep. Kevin Brady.

Tiberi said in a statement that he would leave Congress to head the Ohio Business Roundtable, confirming The Times’ report. The position, he said, “will allow me to continue to work on public policy issues impacting Ohioans while also spending more time with my family.”

Representative Tom Cole told The Times that he was “happy for my friend, but Congress will be a poorer place without him.”

Tiberi’s resignation is surprising. He was reportedly weighing a campaign to challenge Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio, a state that Republican President Donald Trump won in 2016.

Tiberi had more than $6.6 million in his re-election account as of October, according to The Times.

However, Tiberi had been openly critical about the pace of progress in Washington this year, even with a Republican president and Republican controlled Congress.

“It’s the elephant in the room right now,” Tiberi said in May, speaking about the investigations into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.

“The smartest minds in the White House know that, whether it’s tax reform or anything else on the public policy front,” he said to Reuters. “It’s hard enough to get things done in the US Capitol under the best of circumstances.”

Tiberi’s full statement is below:

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