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Farenthold resigns months after sexual harassment settlement

Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX)
Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX). Photo: Larry French / Getty Images

Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold has resigned Friday, months after news broke about an $84,000 settlement he made with his former communications director who claimed he sexually harassed her in 2014.

The big picture: He was already planning not to run for re-election, but said in a statement that he knows "in [his] heart it’s time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve." Farenthold was being investigated by the House Ethics Committee, meanwhile additional allegations surfaced about the "intensely hostile environment" he created in his office.