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Midstate congressman bows out of drug czar consideration

Written by The Associated Press | May 4, 2017 12:46 PM

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(Washington) -- A midstate congressman says he is withdrawing his name from consideration to be the national drug czar under President Donald Trump.

Republican Tom Marino says he has a critical illness in his family. The fourth-term lawmaker says he'll remain in Congress.

The 64-year-old Marino lives outside Williamsport, and is a former county prosecutor who served as U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania's Middle District under President George W. Bush.

Marino was the first Pennsylvania congressman to endorse Trump in the presidential primary contest.

His district represents portions of Juniata, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties.

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