Rep. Pat Meehan announced his resignation from Congress Friday following reports that he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint with a former aide.
Meehan had previously announced he would not run for re-election. He cited sparing his staff from an Ethics investigation as the cause for the early exit.
Other members remain in office or have already backed out.
Here’s a list of accused members so far:
Meehan resigned Friday effective immediately following months of criticism after a New York Times report revealed he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint with a former aide.
Meehan said he will repay the $39,000 to the U.S. treasury to reimburse the severance payment made from his office account within a month of leaving the House.
“I did not want to leave with any question of violating the trust of taxpayers,” Meehan said in his resignation announcement.
The Pennsylvania Republican reportedly became hostile when he learned the aide, who is much younger, did not reciprocate his feelings and learned she was involved in a relationship with another man.
Eight women accused former Sen. Al Franken of sexual misconduct before his resignation in January.
Franken was the first Congress member accused of sexual misconduct after the #MeToo movement picked up in 2017. The allegations came to light when a Los Angeles radio news anchor accused the senator of groping and kissing her without consent in an open letter on the radio station’s website.
The Senator left the Hill January 2 following calls for his resignation and a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. Franken resigned before the investigation began.
Former Rep. Trent Franks resigned December 8 after multiple reports of inappropriate behavior toward female staffers.
Franks had asked two female staffers to act as surrogates for him and his wife, but it wasn’t clear if the congressman was expecting them to have sexual relations with him. Franks also tried to convince a female aide she was in love with him, according to a former staffer. Another female staffer said she felt retaliated against after turning Franks down.
Soon after Franks’ announcement, a former Franks staffer said the congressman offered her $5 million to carry his child, the Associated Press reported. The staffer Franks asked her at least four times to be a surrogate in exchange for money.
Former Republican state Sen. Debbie Lesko officially won the race to replace Franks’ representing Arizona’s 8th District Tuesday night.
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Farenthold had already decided in December not to run for re-election following a renewed Ethics Committee investigation into sexual harassment, inappropriate comments to staff and discrimination based on gender. In early December that the Treasury Department had paid $84,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit with Farenthold’s former communications director, Politico reported.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott set the special election to replace Farenthold for June 30.
Marion Brown, the former staffer was paid a roughly $27,000 settlement drawn from Conyers’ congressional office budget — not the Office of Congressional Compliance fund set aside for congressional settlements.
After initially denying that he has not settled with any current or former staff members, Conyers admitted he had reached a monetary settlement with a former staff member. But the case was resolved “with an express denial of liability,” he said.
Representative Robert C. Scott remains in office following allegations of sexual harassment by a former staff member.
Former fellow M. Reese Everson with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation accused the representative this December of sexually harassing her. Scott confirmed that Everson had worked for him in November.
Everson said she was “wrongfully terminated,” “blackballed and blacklisted” after the harassment.
Scott has denied Everson’s accusations and others have raised questions about her credibility.
A former Kihuen campaign staffer had rebuffed multiple advances and said he touched her without her consent Buzzfeed News reported last December. On Wednesday night, that a female lobbyist had received persistent and unwanted advances from Kihuen, through hundreds of text messages, and was also touched without her consent the Nevada Independent reported.
The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into Kihuen December 15.
Bridget Bowman, Griffin Connolly, Simone Pathé and Eric Garcia contributed to this report.