Katie Hill Resigns From Congress In Wake of Relationship with Staffer
Controversial congresswoman Katie Hill finally announced her resignation from Congress days after lurid photos and allegations surfaced involving at least two of her every young staffers.
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.
October 27, 2019
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.
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. Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been
an appalling invasion of my privacy. It’s also illegal, and we are currently pursuing all of our
available legal options. However, I know that as long as I am in Congress, we’ll live fearful of
what might come next and how much it will hurt. That’s a feeling I know all too well. It’s the
feeling I decided to leave when I left my marriage, and one I will not tolerate being forced upon
others. I can no longer allow my community, family, friends, staff, supporters, and especially the
children who look up to me as a role model, to suffer this unprecedented brand of cruelty.
For the mistakes made along the way and the people who have been hurt, I am so sorry, and I am
learning — I am not a perfect person and never pretended to be. It’s one of the things that made
my race so special. I hope it showed others that they do belong, that their voice does matter, and
that they do have a place in this country. That is something I believe with all my heart.
Those of you who know me personally know that I’m a fighter. And it’s thanks to countless other
fighters who supported me that we were able to stand up for the ideals we believe in. Now, my
fight is going to be to defeat this type of exploitation that so many women are victims to and which
will keep countless women and girls from running for office or entering public light. Thank you
for allowing me to turn my focus to this particular battle right now, and know that I stand with you
as we continue to fight for the many important issues that brought me to Congress in the first place.
I love this country, I love all of you, and I thank you for allowing me the great honor of serving
Katie Hill was born Katherine Lauren Hill. She is a social services administrator from Agua Dulce, California, who served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 25th congressional district.
Birthday: August 25, 1987
Age: 32 years
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas
Representative (D-CA 25th District) since 2019
Spouse: Kenny Heslep (married 2010)
Education: College of the Canyons, California State University, Northridge