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Congressman Aaron Schock Resigning Amid Ethics Questions

The 33-year-old Illinois Republican's spending habits have been under scrutiny in recent weeks.

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Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock announced his resignation from Congress Tuesday amid inquiries into his spending of campaign and taxpayer money.

The news of his resignation was first reported by Politico.

In a statement, he said he was announcing his resignation with a "heavy heart":

Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life.

I thank them for their faith in electing me and letting me represent their interests in Washington. I have given them my all over the last six years.

I have traveled to all corners of the District to meet with the people I've been fortunate to be able to call my friends and neighbors.

"But the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself.

I have always sought to do what's best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.

Schock's spending habits became the subject of intense media scrutiny after his Downton Abbey-inspired office was featured in a story in the Washington Post.

The congressman's lavish and ethically questionable spending was then investigated by several media outlets, including BuzzFeed News. The investigations raised questions about how Schock spent public money.

Schock's resignation is effective on March 31.

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Kyle Blaine is the deputy politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Kyle Blaine at kyle.blaine@buzzfeed.com.

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