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GOP Rep. Tim Murphy resigning after reports of affair, Ryan announces

| Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 4:27 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Murphy of Upper St. Clair sent  a letter announcing his resignation, effective Oct. 21, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced.
U.S. Rep. Murphy of Upper St. Clair sent a letter announcing his resignation, effective Oct. 21, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced.

GOP Rep. Tim Murphy of Upper St. Clair, caught up in tawdry revelations of an extramarital affair, is resigning from Congress.

That's the word from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Murphy, an anti-abortion lawmaker, allegedly urged his mistress to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant.

Murphy has sent him a letter announcing his resignation, effective Oct. 21, Ryan said.

The decision was Murphy's, but Ryan said he supports “Murphy's decision to move on to the next chapter of his life.”

Murphy is serving his eighth term representing a district in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The district is a safe Republican seat, with Republican Donald Trump beating Democrat Hillary Clinton by a margin of three-to-two in November's presidential election.

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