Rep. Katie Hill to resign following revelation of inappropriate relationship

Rep. Katie Hill to resign following revelation of inappropriate relationship

US Representative Katie Hill, who is under investigation by the House ethics committee over an alleged relationship with a congressional staffer, said on Sunday that she was resigning from Congress.

Hill represents the 25th Congressional district, which sprawls across parts of northern Los Angeles County and Ventura County, taking in Palmdale, Lancaster, Simi Valley and Santa Clarita.

The congresswoman reportedly sent a letter to her constituents, admitting that she had engaged in an improper relationship with a campaign aide before entering Congress, according to CNN.

Two years ago during her congressional campaign, she described Kenny Heslep, whom she Wednesday in 2010, in a social media post as "my best friend and the love of my life".

Freshman Congresswoman Katie Hill just threw in the towel. announcing her resignation amid a scandal that she's now blaming on her husband and dirty politics. As executive director of a Los Angeles non-profit assisting the homeless, she leveraged her background to raise millions in a grassroots campaign - with almost all of the money raised from individual donors. She did not offer a direct apology.

Hill served on the Armed Services Committee, and was voted to serve in a junior leadership role in the House.

Hill thanked supporters and vowed to continue to fight for democracy, justice and equality. However, she called herself a "fighter".

At 5:27 p.m. Sunday, Hill tweeted: "To every girl and woman - to everyone who believes in this fight - this isn't over. As a victim of it, I call it one of the worst things we can do to our sisters and our daughters".

"For the sake of all of us, we can not let that happen", she added. "I'm hurt, I'm angry, the path that I saw most clearly for myself is no longer there".

Hill admitted the relationship with the campaign staffer, writing to her constituents earlier this week, "I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment". "For that, I am so incredibly sorry". She said the relationship had occurred during the last years of what she said was an "abusive" marriage.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. She is one of the few openly bisexual women in Congress.

She took their "only operable vehicle and left me stranded at our residence", Heslep said in the documents.

"The fact is I am going through a divorce from an abusive husband who seems determined to try to humiliate me", Hill said.

Politico first reported that Hill is set to resign by the end of the week amid a House Ethics probe into the allegations, which Hill had denied. "Her ex sounds like the bad guy here, and this story has only become significant because of a horrific invasion of her privacy".

Her resignation comes weeks after mounting allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with congressional staffers, including a "throuple" relationship with a female staffer and a separate affair with a male staffer.

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