Resigning Congressman Mark Souder: Fast Facts

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Indiana Congressman Mark Souder announced on Tuesday that he will be resigning his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, admitting an affair with a member of his staff. Here’s the lowdown on Souder’s career.

Fast Facts
— Born July 18, 1950. Married, with three children

– Currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana

– Graduated from Indiana University at Fort Wayne in 1972, earning a degree in business administration

– Earned a business degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1974

– Served as a long-time aide to Indiana’s Dan Coats during Coats’s terms in both the House and Senate

– Elected to Congress in 1994

– Authored the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2006

– Member of house committees on Homeland Security, Oversight and Government Reform and Education and Labor

– Recently faced a difficult primary fight from Bob Thomas, winning despite earning less than 50 percent of the vote

– Resigned May 18, after admitting an affair: “I sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff,” he said

(Source: Souder’s congressional bio)