Rep. Marino wants national health care hybrid

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino talks to The Daily Item editorial board in October.

Tom Marino, who just began his fifth term in the U.S. Congress, has announced his resignation effective Jan. 23. Marino, who won election to the newly formed 12th House District in November, said he is taking a job in the private sector.

"Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position in the private sector where I can use both my legal and business experience to create jobs around the nation," Marino said a statement. "I want to thank the people of the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania for the faith they have placed in me to represent them in Congress. It truly has been one of the greatest honors of my life."

Marino was first elected in 2010 to Pennsylvania's 10th District. He was elected in November to the redrawn 12th District, where he represented portions of Northumberland County, as well as Union Snyder, Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Perry, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties.

Gov. Tom Wolf must schedule a special election to fill Marino's seat.

Marino was twice considered by President Donald Trump for the federal drug czar position, but Marino twice pulled his name from consideration. 

In October 2017, Marino pulled his name out of the running for drug czar following a report from The Washington Post and 60 Minutes regarding his work on the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016

According to the report, Marino was among handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation's major drug distributors, who prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to the more industry-friendly legislation, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to the Post/"60 Minutes" investigation. The DEA had opposed the effort for years.

Marino, the report noted, was a key advocate for the bill.

In May 2017, Marino withdrew his name from consideration because his mother was seriously ill and he wanted to be free to return home regularly to care for her, he said. 

Marino was also a key supporter of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, co-chairing the president's campaign in Pennsylvania.

This is a developing story. More details will be published when they become available. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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