Alex Kozinski, a federal appeals court judge, has retired, effective immediately, just days after the 9th Circuit opened an inquiry into his behavior.
“I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question,” said Ruben Kihuen, a freshman representative who is at the center of sexual harassment allegations.
Becoming the latest in a list of prominent men stepping down from powerful positions amid sexual misconduct claims, the Texas Republican says he won't seek re-election next year.
Members say the way the party is handling the sexual misconduct issue will give it a valuable weapon in next year’s congressional elections.
Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona says he will step down next month because he talked about surrogacy with two female staffers.
The longest-serving member of the House steps down after his support among fellow Democrats collapsed following misconduct accusations.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi terms the accusations against Michigan Rep. John Conyers "very credible" and says he should step down after decades on Capitol Hill.
The 88-year-old Michigan congressman, under investigation on sexual harassment allegations, still fiercely denies acting inappropriately during his long tenure in Washington.