March 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Aaron Schock resigns from Congress

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) on March 17, 2015, resigned from Congress amid growing scandals about his spending while in office. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) on March 17, 2015, resigned from Congress amid growing scandals about his spending while in office. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Embattled U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) on Tuesday announced his resignation from Congress.

The Illinois Republican indicated in a statement that he would step down less than a day after Politico reported he submitted a mileage reimbursement for roughly 170,000 miles on his Chevrolet Tahoe when public records indicate it had around 80,000 on the odometer when he sold it last year.

This report is the latest in a series of questions that have been raised about Schock’s spending that include the hiring of a personal photographer and redecorating his office in a way that was apparently inspired by the PBS drama “Downton Abbey.”

“[T]he 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,” said Schock in a statement that announced his resignation that takes effect on March 31, according to Politico. “I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”

Schock, 33, has represented Illinois’ 18th Congressional District that includes the city of Peoria since 2009.

The Illinois Republican over the years has faced persistent questions about his sexual orientation.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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