Rep. Katie Hill is resigning after admitting to having an affair with her campaign staffer and being targeted by revenge porn

  • Rep. Katie Hill, a freshman Democrat, announced on Sunday that she is resigning from her congressional seat after being engulfed in a scandal over her affair with a campaign staffer.
  • Hill admitted to and apologized for having an "inappropriate" relationship with a younger campaign aide after right-wing media sites published nude photos earlier this month of Hill with the staffer.
  • She was also accused of having an affair with her legislative director — allegations she's vigorously denied and that sparked a House Ethics Committee investigation. 
  • "This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives," Hill wrote of her resignation in a statement. 
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Rep. Katie Hill, a freshman Democrat, announced she's resigning from her congressional seat after being engulfed in a scandal over her affair with a campaign staffer and being targeted with revenge porn. 

"It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community and our country," Hill wrote in a letter on Sunday.

Last week, Hill admitted to and apologized for having an "inappropriate" relationship with a younger campaign staffer after right-wing media sites leaked nude photos of Hill with the staffer. She was also accused of having an affair with her legislative director — allegations she's vigorously denied and that sparked a House Ethics Committee investigation. 

The 32-year-old congresswoman blamed her husband, Kenny Heslep, for the publication of the photos, and called her marriage and estranged husband "abusive." Heslep filed for divorce in July. 

"This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation," Hill wrote in the Sunday letter.

Hill didn't say when she'll leave office, but Politico reported it could be as early as November 1. 

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10. Tim Scott

Net worth: -$600,000

Senator Tim Scott has been serving South Carolina since 2013. The Republican lawmaker previously represented the state in the House from 2011 to 2013, and he’s up for re-election in 2022.

Scott’s net worth was calculated based on assets that can help his net worth estimated at $200,000 and liabilities of $800,000. A current breakdown of his financial situation wasn’t available, but his 2015 financial disclosure report posted on OpenSecrets.org listed assets including two residential rental properties, insurance policies and annuities and several mutual funds. At the time, his liabilities stemmed primarily from three mortgages.

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9. Eliot L. Engel

Net worth: -$600,000

Representative Eliot Engel has been serving New York’s 16th district since 2013. The Democrat represented the state’s 17th district from 1993 to 2013 and its 19th district from 1989 to 1993. He’s up for re-election in 2018.

Engel’s net worth is based on assets estimated at $100,000 and liabilities of approximately $700,000. His assets include money in several bank accounts and multiple government bonds, according to his 2016 financial disclosure report posted on OpenSecrets.org. Two mortgages were listed as liabilities, along with $10,000 to $15,000 in credit card debt and a line of credit worth $100,001 to $250,000.

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8. Mike D. Rogers

Net worth: -$600,000

Representative Mike D. Rogers has been serving Alabama’s third district since 2003. The Republican is up for re-election in 2018, which could cause him to make influential political news headlinesthis year.

Rogers’ net worth is based on approximately $900,000 in assets and roughly $1.5 million in liabilities. A breakdown of his current financial situation isn’t available, but his 2015 financial disclosure report obtained by OpenSecrets.org revealed his assets are largely from checking, savings and retirement accounts. Two mortgages were listed as his sole liabilities.

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7. Dennis A. Ross

Net worth: -$600,000

Representative Dennis A. Ross served Florida’s 12th district from 2011 to 2013 and has served the state’s 15th district since 2013. The Republican is up for re-election in 2018, so expect to hear his name in election news coverage.

Despite representing a state without a lot of debt compared to others, Ross’ net worth is based on an estimated $1.5 million in assets and liabilities totaling approximately $2.1 million. His assets include a rental property and a capital gains loan worth $500,000 to $1 million, according to his 2016 financial disclosure report posted on OpenSecrets.org. Liabilities listed include two mortgages and four additional loans for a motor home, travel trailer, truck and tractor.

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6. Christopher Murphy

Net worth: -$700,000

Democrat Christopher Murphy has served as a Connecticut senator since 2013. Before that, he represented the state’s 5th district in the House from 2007 to 2013. He’s up for re-election in 2018.

Murphy’s net worth is based on assets estimated at $100,000 and liabilities of $800,000. A breakdown of his current financial situation isn’t available, but his 2014 financial disclosure report obtained by OpenSecrets.org revealed his assets were held in bank accounts, mutual funds and retirement accounts. His liabilities consisted of a mortgage and two student loans, valued at $15,001 to $50,000 each.

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5. Emanuel Cleaver

Net worth: -$800,000

Representative Emanuel Cleaver has been serving Missouri’s 5th district since 2005. The Democrat is up for re-election in 2018.

Cleaver’s net worth is based on an estimated $500,000 in assets and $1.3 million in liabilities. His assets include a mix of bonds, mutual funds, insurance policies and annuities, according to his 2016 financial disclosure report posted on OpenSecrets.org. Liabilities listed consist of a mortgage, student loan, installment loan and a personal liability with a minimum value of $1 million.

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4. Todd Young

Net worth: -$800,000

Republican Todd Young has been an Indiana senator since 2017. He previously served the state’s 9th district in the House from 2011 to 2017. Young will be up for re-election in 2022.

His net worth includes an estimated $100,000 in assets and $900,000 in liabilities. His assets consist of college savings plans — he has four children — a retirement fund and bank accounts, according to his 2015 financial disclosure report posted on OpenSecrets.org. Liabilities include a mortgage and debt on two credit cards totaling $15,001 to $50,000 each.

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3. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Net worth: -$1.2 million

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been serving Florida’s 23rd district since 2013. The Democrat previously represented the state’s 20th district from 2005 to 2013. She’s up for re-election in 2018.

Her net worth is based on estimated assets of $100,000 and approximately $1.3 million in liabilities. A breakdown of her current financial situation is not available, but her 2015 financial disclosure report — posted on OpenSecrets.org — revealed the bulk of her assets consist of stocks and savings plans for her three children. Liabilities include multiple mortgages, lines of credit, credit card accounts and a home improvement loan.

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2. Alcee Hastings

Net worth: -$2.4 million

Democrat Alcee Hastings has represented Florida’s 20th district in the House since 2013. He previously served the state’s 23rd district from 1993 to 2013. Hastings is up for re-election in 2018.

His net worth was calculated based on zero assets and $2.4 million in liabilities. One of the poorest members of Congress, his liabilities include a mortgage estimated at $100,001 to $250,000 and the rest in legal fees, according to his 2015 financial disclosure report, which was obtained by OpenSecrets.org.

Previously a U.S. District Judge in Florida, Hastings was convicted of bribery and impeached in 1989. This caused him to rack up more than $2.5 million in attorneys’ fees, according to a 1993 article in the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

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1. David Valadao

Net worth: -$17.5 million

Republican David Valadao was elected to serve California’s 21st Congressional District in 2012. He’s been at work representing the district since 2013, and he’s up for re-election in 2018.

Of all the members of Congress, Valadao is the poorest. His net worth is based on assets of $2 million and $19.5 million in liabilities.

Also a dairy farmer, his assets include a $2 million stake in the family farm, according to his 2016 financial disclosure report, which was posted on OpenSecrets.org. His extensive liabilities were caused by financing for feed, equipment and land for the business.

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Hill has threatened to sue the Daily Mail, alleging that it published nonconsensual pornography, known as revenge porn, which is illegal in California. Hill also accused the tabloid of defaming her by falsely reporting that her tattoo — which appears to be some form of an Iron Cross — is a "Nazi-era" image.

Hill, a former executive at a homeless-advocacy organization, defeated a Republican incumbent in her competitive Los Angeles County district in 2018 and was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. She's the vice chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee.

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