Regardless of fierce calls from each side of the political aisles for Lengthy Island Rep. George Santos to resign, the rookie Republican congressman has refused to take action even after admitting to a number of lies about his training, employment and household historical past.
What Happens if George Santos Resigns?
Beneath the House Vacancy Claus within the U.S. Structure, states have “Executive Authority” to carry a particular election if a seat within the Home turns into vacant. Every state can decide its personal timing and circumstances of the election. Within the state of New York, Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul would have 10 days to name a particular election to switch Santos, which must be held between 70 to 80 days from the date of that proclamation — if Santos resigns this yr, through the first session of a Congress.
If Santos resigns through the second session of Congress, the period of time between the emptiness and the subsequent basic election would play a task. Not like the Seventeenth Modification, which permits states to quickly fill a vacant Senate seat earlier than a particular election is held, the Home Emptiness Clause doesn’t give states the identical energy within the Home.
Since 1977, the state of New York has had 13 vacancies within the Home: 11 have been resignations, one was a dying and one other emptiness was as a result of a scarcity of a Certificates of Election (as a result of the race was too near name,) according to historical records.
Notable Home Resignations in New York
Rep. Tom Reed (R)
Reed, a Republican who represented the twenty third district in western New York, resigned in Might 2022, seven months earlier than the tip of his time period and after he introduced he won’t search re-election. It got here after he was accused of rubbing a feminine lobbyist’s again and unhooking her bra with out her consent in 2017.
He was changed by Joseph Sempolinski in a particular election.
Delgado, a Democrat who represented New York’s 19th congressional district and was the first person of color to represent upstate New York in Congress, resigned in 2022 to become Gov. Hochul’s lieutenant governor.
Democrat Pat Ryan, the former Ulster County executive, won Delgado’s seat in Congress in August in a special election to finish out the term. He then ran again in November’s general election, and won again.
Rep. Chris Collins (R)
Collins, a Republican congressman from western New York, resigned from his seat in September 2019 ahead of an expected guilty plea in an insider trading case in which he was accused of leaking confidential information during an urgent phone call made from a White House picnic.
Voters elected Republican Chris Jacobs to replace Collins. In 2022, Jacobs said he would not run for another term in Congress amid backlash over his support for new gun control measures.
Rep. Michael Grimm (R)
Grimm, who represented New York’s 13th and 11th congressional districts, resigned after pleading guilty in 2014 to a single count of tax fraud in federal court.
Then-Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who empaneled the grand jury that declined to indict the officer who placed Eric Garner in the fatal chokehold, was elected to fill the seat.
Rep. Chris Lee (R)
Lee, of the 26th Congressional District, resigned in 2011 after Gawker.com published a shirtless cell phone photo and emails he reportedly sent to a woman on Craigslist.
Kathy Hochul replaced him following a special election, but then lost to Chris Collins after the district was redrawn before the 2021 general election.
NBC New York’s Rana Novini reports.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D)
Embattled Rep. Weiner announced his resignation from Congress in 2011 — 20 days after he misfired a photo of his groin onto Twitter, unraveling a scandal that eventually revealed a series of sexual relationships with women he met online and lies he told to cover it up.
Republican Robert L. Turner was elected to replace Weiner, and served until 2013.
Rep. Eric Massa (D)
Congressman Massa resigned his seat in 2010 after reports surfaced saying Massa was under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly sexually harassing a male staffer. The Democrat, who represented New York’s 29th congressional district, released a statement taking full responsibility for things said to a staff member that made him feel “uncomfortable.”
Republican Tom Reed (who as previously mentioned would go on to resign from Congress as well) was elected to replace Massa.
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D)
Longtime Democratic Rep. Slaughter, who represented New York districts for more than three decades, died in March 2018 of injuries sustained in a fall at her Washington, D.C., home. Slaughter was 88 years old.
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