The year 2017 was an eventful one on Capitol Hill, not just because of the legislative victories and losses, but also because of the number of lawmakers who decided not to fulfill their entire congressional terms.
Here’s a list of senators and representatives who will not be returning to Washington for all of 2018.
SEN. AL FRANKEN (RESIGNED)
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken had sought to quell outrage over allegations of sexual misconduct against at least eight women. He made several apologetic statements and announced his resignation after a wave of his Democratic colleagues called for him to step down.
Franken’s last official day is January 2, although the Senate will not return for the New Year until the following day, when Senator-Designate Tina Smith, Minnesota’s current lieutenant governor, will be sworn in.
REP. TRENT FRANKS (RESIGNED)
The eight-term Republican announced in December that he would resign after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into his conduct over subordinates.
Although he had originally said he would serve until the end of January 2018, he later announced his resignation would be effective immediately after reports emerged that he brought up the topic of surrogacy “with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable”.
JOHN CONYERS (RESIGNED)
The longest-serving member of the House of Representatives announced in early December that he would resign from office in the wake of multiple allegations that he sexually harassed several female former employees.
The Michigan Democrat took his seat in the House in 1965 and represented Detroit for more than half a century. Before his resignation, he faced mounting pressure to resign…