In his final floor speech before his March 31 resignation takes effect, Aaron Schock struck a somber tone, thanking his colleagues and constituents while finding time to break one more House rule: bringing coffee into the chamber.
The Illinois Republican was on the floor following his final vote to deliver a farewell speech. And as he waited, Schock found all sorts of ways to commemorate his departure. He shook hands with a number of members. He had one last back-patting hug with fellow Illinois Republican Rodney Davis, one last exploding fist bump with Wisconsin Republican Sean P. Duffy. In another violation of House rules, Schock took a picture with his congressional buds Kristi Noem and Jason Smith — or, rather, Bill Huizenga took it for him.
Before yielding back his time, Schock also issued an apology: “I leave here with sadness and humility. For those who I’ve let down, I will work tirelessly to make it up to you.”