U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis announced Tuesday he is resigning his seat immediately due to an unspecified family health issue.
Davis, 53, a conservative Republican who represents Kentucky’s 4th District, previously announced he would not seek another term in order to spend more time with his family. Republican Thomas Massie and Democrat Bill Adkins face off in the November election to succeed Davis.
Davis released a press statement just before 6 p.m. EDT Tuesday announcing he’d sent his formal resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear and to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Calls to his office and to staff members in Kentucky were not answered.
“Recently, a family health issue has developed that will demand significantly more of my time to assist,” said Davis in the written statement. “As a result, I cannot continue to effectively fulfill my obligations to both my office and my family. Family must and will come first.
“Therefore, I am resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives effective at close of business on July 31, 2012,” Davis said. He did not say what the family health issue is, but Steve Robertson, Chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky, said it affects a family member, not Davis himself.
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