Aaron Schock

Republican congressman with 'Downton Abbey' office resigns

In this Feb. 6, 2015 photo, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., answers questions from the media as he returns to Peoria, Ill., to speak to the Peoria County Farm Bureau. A shell company linked to Schock paid a political donor $300,000 last year for a commercial property in Peoria then took out a $600,000 mortgage for the property from a local bank run by other donors, Illinois state and county records show. (AP Photo/Journal Star, Fred Zwicky)By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Aaron Schock, a Republican from Illinois whose Downton Abbey-styled office launched a series of media reports questioning his use of taxpayer dollars, announced on Tuesday that he is resigning from Congress. The 33-year-old congressman from Peoria, Illinois had been a rising star in House Republican circles since he was elected in 2008. Schock did not notify any House Republican leaders before making his decision, a House Republican aide said. I appreciate Aaron’s years of service, and I wish him well in the future,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.

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