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Republican Rep. Geoff Davis resigns from U.S. Congress

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis

Republican U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky resigned Tuesday, citing a family health issue.

Davis had previously announced he would retire this year from Congress. He said in a statement issued Tuesday that a family health issue had developed recently that needs more of his time.

“As a result, I cannot continue to effectively fulfill my obligations to both my office and my family,” he said. “Family must and will come first.”

Davis, 53, is a fiscal and social conservative and has been in the House since 2005. His 4th District stretches along the upper tier of Kentucky from the Louisville suburbs to the West Virginia border.

“I have served with great men and women in the Congress in both parties, and leave knowing that the House is filled with people who love this country and are working to make our future better,” Davis said. “I am grateful to have been blessed by being a part of this great institution.”

The statement said Davis submitted his resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear and House Speaker John Boehner.

Lynn Sowards Zellen, spokeswoman for the Kentucky secretary of state’s office, said the U.S. Constitution requires that a special election be held to determine who will fill the seat.

Republican Thomas Massie and Democrat Bill Adkins are running to succeed Davis in November’s general election. The GOP holds both U.S. Senate seats in Kentucky and three of the state’s five other House seats.

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