Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., announced his resignation Thursday evening after it was revealed that the House Ethics Committee would be investigating accusations of sexual harassment against him.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., revealed in a statement that he was informed of the claims last week.
“The speaker told Rep. Franks that he intended to refer the allegations directly to the House Ethics Committee and told him that he should resign from Congress," a statement from the Speaker's office said.
“There’s been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012,” the Republican told Roll Call.
Separately, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned Thursday amid allegations of sexual misconduct.