Rep. Tom Marino Announces Resignation from Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representative Tom Marino has announced he is resigning from the House of Representatives.

Rep. Marino, a Republican, represents Pennsylvania's District 12.

He was first elected to Congress in 2010 and was just re-elected in November.

Rep. Marino released the following statement announcing his resignation from the United States House of Representatives.

“As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress. Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation. I want to thank the people of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania for the faith they have placed in me to represent them in Congress. It truly has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I worked in Congress to fight for the hardworking people of our region and I am proud of the work we have accomplished. I am confident that the area will continue to thrive.”

Marino served ten years as Lycoming County’s District Attorney. He was picked to be a U.S. Attorney by President George W. Bush in 2002.

In 2009, he ran for Congress and defeated incumbent Democrat Chris Carney in 2010 (55% to 45%) and has twice been re-elected rather easily.

Marino was an early supporter of Donald Trump and was nominated by President Trump to serve as America’s “Drug Czar” but was forced to withdraw from consideration due to worries about his ties with Louis DeNaples and because of reports that legislation he sponsored hindered the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s efforts to curb opioid addiction.

Before he was elected to Congress in 2010, Rep. Marino was practicing law closer to where he lives in central Pennsylvania.

His resignation comes as a shock to many constituents in Lycoming County where he once served as district attorney.

Marino's beginnings were in Lycoming County where he served as district attorney for 11 years.

In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Marino the U.S. Attorney for the middle district of Pennsylvania.

It would be several years until he ran for Congress.

As the representative for the 12th District, Marino serves 15 counties in north and central Pennsylvania.

"My guess is he's going to become a practicing attorney and probably be a very good one," said Matthew Cendoma of Hughesville.

"It was his choice to do something, that he felt a call to do something different. He's still doing something for the people though," said Chad Kinley of Williamsport. "I'm sure he'll do good and create jobs for us."

Congressman Tom Marino's last day will be next week on Wednesday, January 23.

The state will have to hold a special election to fill his seat.

18 comments

  • hannahlu52

    I remember from a year or so ago that Tom Marino had some serious health problem, and maybe that’s why he’s retiring.
    He did lose quite a bit of weight and hadn’t looked well approximately 2 or 3 years ago. I wish him the best.

    • John S Mellow

      I tend to agree that if the resignation on health or family issues wish him well. If it is a lucrative job offer with industry then different story.

    • James Hotchkiss (@JamesHo60361589)

      WHAT???? “FBI is closing in”? For what? Do you have some kind of Secret Security Clearance with the FBI’s Investigative Branch? By making such an ignorant statement you have clearly made it clear what political team you are supporting. It’s most likely you also believe in men being guilty before proven innocent. Give us a break already!

  • darkhorse6669

    The trumpers sure are quiet on this one. Im just waiting for a “yeah but what about ___________.”

      • darkhorse6669

        My point is that when there were false rumors of casey running after being freshly re-elected all of the conservatives were going CRAZY as usual. I repect what you said and being consistent no matter what side though. Civility is great.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        “False rumors”? From Casey himself? You must think that people have the attention span of fruit flies. Not one of us posted a word about him just being reelected and thinking about a Presidential run. All we did was laugh at his delusions of grandeur and ineptitude as a Senator, and deservedly so. (BTW – I agree with Blisters about Marino’s stunt. It was a huge waste of time, money, and effort. The guy has proven himself to be a putz of the highest order. Good riddance.)

  • Sharkiest of Peers (@Sharkspeer)

    “Opioid Tom” has had ethics violations in his past. He was forced to resign in disgrace from his position as US Atty, when the Dept of Justice investigated him for ethics violations related to giving slot machine licenses to his buddy Louis DeNaples. Then, he was caught judge-shopping for his friend to help out his buddy’s cocaine-trafficking arrest.
    He was also chosen to be Trump’s “Drug Czar”, until it came out that Marino hobbled the DEA with legislation that would make it harder for law enforcement to get black market opioids off the streets.
    This man is BAD for PA, BAD for America, and has been crooked for his entire career. People voted for him because he has an R next to his name, it makes me sick. He’s a criminal.
    The sooner he is out of office, the better it is for ALL of America.
    His buddy, Bigot Lou Barletta, was SOUNDLY beaten in his run for Senate, so I am guessing that these two (nicknamed “Thunder and Lightning” by Trump, who LOVES them) are in it up to their eyeballs with Trump and Russia.
    Here’s a pic of Marino giving gifts to Trump on the campaign trail, kissing his ass and probably lining his pockets with Russian rubles.
    He’s a disgrace, a criminal, and part of the reason we have an opioid crisis in America.

    STOP VOTING FOR REPUBLICANS!

    • Matt Worner

      Thank you for your comment. I LOVE it when Democrats demonstrate that they are essentially brain dead traitors.

  • Fred Erikson

    I wonder what pharmaceutical company the drug czar got hired by. He’s a traitor to the people who voted him in and they’ll give him a pass but complain how corrupt the ssystem is. SMH!

      • Giggity-MF-goo

        Why thank you. I find a joke in mostly everything, People as a whole need to lighten up and enjoy the show, not try to run the world from a keyboard. Have a great day

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