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Ex-congressman Tom Marino now cites health for resigning

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 12, 2019 10:34 AM
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FILE--In this file photo from Dec. 15, 2016 Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., stands with other elected officials as then President-elect Donald Trump, departs a rally in Hershey, Pa. Marino, a five-term Republican congressman who co-chaired Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign in Pennsylvania, stepped down from Congress and he's taking a job in the private sector. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)

(Harrisburg) -- Recently resigned U.S. Rep Tom Marino now says problems with his remaining kidney prompted him to leave Congress just three weeks after starting his fifth term.

The 66-year-old Marino abruptly announced his resignation last month, saying he was taking a job outside government. But Marino told The Daily Item of Sunbury last week that he decided to leave after another kidney problem required surgery.

Multiple bouts of kidney cancer have left Marino with just part of one kidney.

Voters in the heavily Republican northcentral Pennsylvania seat will pick a new representative on May 21, the day of the state's municipal primary election. The district includes Perry, Snyder Union, Juniata and Mifflin counties, as well as most of Northumberland County.

Several candidates have announced they're running to replace him, including Iraq War veteran Stacy Garrity, a Republican, on Tuesday. Political party committee members or delegates will pick nominees.

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