Chaka Fattah

Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah steps down after racketeering conviction

Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah steps down after racketeering conviction

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia has resigned from Congress two days after his conviction in a racketeering case.

The 11-term congressman said Thursday that he'll leave earlier than planned out of respect for House leadership and to avoid being a distraction.

Fattah had said this week he would leave office when he is sentenced in October.

The 59-year-old lost the spring primary weeks before his trial began.

A jury on Tuesday convicted him on all 22 counts in a case that centered on his misuse of federal grants and nonprofit funds to repay an illegal $1 million campaign...

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