Embattled Texas Republican Blake Farenthold resigns his seat in Congress
Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX) speaks at the introduction of the bipartisan Shark Fin Elimination Act of 2016, joined by actor and Oceana Advocate Morgan Freeman (not pictured) on June 23, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Farenthold had previously promised to reimburse the government for an $84,000 settlement of a sexual harassment complaint brought in 2014 by Lauren Greene, his former communications director, but he has yet to fulfill that promise. The House Ethics Committee is investigating the allegations.
It is too late for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to call for an election to fill Farenthold's seat on May 5, the next uniform election date. Abbot has not yet announced his intentions for replacing Farenthold.