In a surprise statement, Congressman Geoff Davis, R-Ky., resigned Tuesday.

Last December, Davis announced that he would not be seeking re-election for a fifth term in Congress citing a need to spend more time with his family. Today's announcement echoes that sentiment and comes fives months ahead of schedule.

In a statement on his website, Davis says he will step down effective immediately and cites family health concerns.

Recently, a family health issue has developed that will demand significantly more of my time to assist.  As a result, I cannot continue to effectively fulfill my obligations to both my office and my family.  Family must and will come first.

In the fall, voters in Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District will elect a successor between Democrat Bill Adkins and Republican Thomas Massie.


Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made the following comments regarding Congressman Davis's resignation.

“Congressman Geoff Davis has been an outstanding representative for the people of Kentucky’s Fourth District and has served his constituents with distinction since 2005. He has accomplished much and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Kentucky during his tenure. I wish him and his family well as he embarks on his new endeavor.”


Republican congressional candidate Thomas Massie released the following statement.

My wife, Rhonda, and I admire Congressman Davis' family's commitment to God, family and country and pray for a swift and complete recovery from their family health issue.

We sincerely thank Congressman Geoff Davis and his family for their tremendous service to Kentucky's Fourth Congressional district and to our country. His military and political careers exemplify what it means to be a tireless and effective public servant.