U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, Sr. (D., Pa.) on Thursday resigned from Congress, two days after a federal jury convicted him on all counts for his involvement in a RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act) conspiracy in a public corruption case.
The 59-year-old Fattah, who was elected to office in 1994, representing Pennsylvania’s second Congressional District, resigned from office immediately. He lost his bid for re-election and his current term in office was scheduled to expire January 2, 2017.
Fattah announced his resignation in a letter to Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. Ryan (R., Wis.) had called for Fattah’s resignation following his conviction.
Fattah is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 4. He faces 20 years behind bars. The 2nd district includes South, North and West Philadelphia and Lower Merion in Montgomery County. Fattah lived his entire life in Philadelphia.