Republican U.S. Representative Patrick Meehan, who used congressional funds from his office budget to settle a former staffer’s workplace misconduct claim, resigned on Friday from the House of Representatives and said he would repay the U.S. Treasury a sum total of $39,000. Settlements of this sort are typically handled by a publicly funded account maintained by Capitol Hill’s workplace misconduct adjudicator.
Meehan previously denied the allegations of harassment toward an aide who is decades younger than him, and through his lawyer asked that the terms of confidentiality be waived. The adjudicator of the settlement denied this request preserving the name of the aide who charged that the work environment became hostile after she declined more than one expression of romantic interest from Meehan. Patrick Meehan is a married father of three who has represented his southeastern Pennsylvania district since 2011.