U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock delivered his final speech in Congress Thursday, apologizing to those he had disappointed and vowing to “work tirelessly to make it up.”
Schock’s moment of contrition came late in his six-minute farewell, delivered five days before his March 31 resignation date. Schock spent most of the speech discussing his accomplishments since joining the U.S. House in 2009.
“I fought and opposed the billion-dollar stimulus bill, the government takeover of our health care and the massive new regulations put on small businesses. But more importantly, for the people of my district… I fought that their voice would be heard and respected among my colleagues,” Schock said.
Watch Schock’s full speech here, in which he discussed the Republican party and Abraham Lincoln’s own time in Congress.
Despite his resignation and questions surrounding Schock’s spending, the congressman has not been charged with any wrongdoing. But Illinois does not have any shortage of politicians who have been charged with corruption. Those politicians have served (and in some cases, still are serving) sentences as short as 30 months and as long nearly 20 years. Check out who is in the slammer for how long at Reboot Illinois.