Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to buying cocaine in D.C. last year, will resign from Congress today, his office confirms.
The Florida Republican checked into a rehabilitation center for about a month after his arrest and pledged to return to the House. He also faced a House Ethics Committee investigation for the misdemeanour charge.
“Regardless of some of my personal struggles in 2013, this year has already been tremendously positive as I focus on my health, family and faith,” Radel wrote in his resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner. “Unfortunately, some of my struggles had serious consequences. While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States Representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida.”
“I love what I do,” Radel said when he returned from rehab. “And I’m going to return to what I do, what you sent me to do in Washington, D.C — which is working for you and your family.”
Some Florida Republicans — including Gov. Rick Scott — have called on Radel to resign, and he faced a primary challenge from Paige Kreegel, a state lawmaker. Radel hadn’t announced whether he planned to seek reelection.
This story has been updated.