WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock said Thursday he is leaving Congress with sadness and humility and vowed to work “tirelessly” to make amends to constituents and others he has let down.
In a farewell speech, the Illinois Republican said his departure from Congress “is not the end of the story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter” in his life.
Schock, 33, announced his resignation March 17 following a monthlong cascade of revelations about his business deals and lavish spending on everything from overseas travel to office decor in the style of “Downton Abbey.”
The Justice Department is investigating Schock’s congressional expenses and business deals, and FBI agents have begun issuing subpoenas to witnesses, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.
Schock, whose last day in office is Tuesday, referred indirectly to the investigation, saying that like others before him, he faces adversity.
Schock said he is inspired by another Illinois Republican, Abraham Lincoln, who left Congress after just one term and went on to become president.
“Few faced as many defeats in his personal business and public life as he did,” Schock said of Lincoln. “His continual perseverance in the face of these trials — never giving up — is something all of us Americans should be inspired by, especially when going through a valley in life.”
Schock voted for the final time Thursday as Congress prepares for a two-week recess.
“I believe that through life’s struggles we learn from our mistakes,” Schock said. “I know that God has a plan for my life.”
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