Congresswoman Scandal Leads to Farewell Speech


October 27, 2019 congresswoman Katie Hill resigned due to allegations of a sexual relationship with her legislative director. This was reported after the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation according to

During the investigation, Hill denied any connections with a male congressional staffer. She admitted to a relationship with a female staffer as reported on

“It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community and our country,” Hill wrote in a letter announcing the news reported by October 27, 2019.

By Thursday October 24, 2019, the situation escalated as exposed photos surfaced on the internet along with text messages between the congresswoman and the female staffer according to Talia Kaplan at

Later in the week, Hill addressed the compromising photos as an ongoing scandal that her “abusive husband” directed at her while filing for divorce according to on October 28, 2019.

On November 1, 2019, Hill gave her resignation speech on the House floor. The address barely touched on the relationships that occurred within the campaign. Rather, she spoke of how she was forced to leave office due to what her abusive ex-husband leaked according to Alexandra DeSanctis National

“I am leaving because of the thousands of vile, threatening emails, calls, and texts that made me fear for my life and the lives of the people that I care about. Today is the first time I’ve left my apartment since the photos taken without my consent were released, and I’m scared.” Hill said in the article reported in the New Yorker November 5, 2019.

The Speaker of the House, Nancy Polosi addressed Hill’s situation praising “an absolutely outstanding young public servant,” who she is sad to see her leave quoted by Liam Stack and Laura M. Holson on New York

Hill resigned as of Friday November 1, 2019.