Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Following Tax Dollar Spending Controversies

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) resigned on March 17 after Politico noted some discrepancies in his mileage reimbursements. Schock claimed he added about 170,000 miles to his personal car’s odometer in the space of four years, but when he sold the vehicle, it only had 80,000 miles on it. 

The odometer issue was just the latest issue in Shock’s political career. The 33-year-old representative, who posed shirtless in fitness magazines, controversially led a luxurious lifestyle. He stayed in upscale hotels, met celebrities, and flew on private jets -- often on the tax payer's dime.

Schock’s mileage amounted to tens of thousands of dollars in reimbursements. 

His Instagram account, which showed photos of his celebrity meetings, has been made private and some of the posts have been deleted, ABC News reported.

Schock said in a statement that he will resign on March 31. The Huffington Post reported the statement read: "I do this with a heavy heart… the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself. I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”

He thanked his constituents for their support. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) said in a statement, "This is a sad day for the people of Illinois and the 18th District.”

Sources: Politico, ABC News, The Huffington Post Image via Wikimedia Commons