Breaking: Oregon Congressman Resigns After Pressure from Leadership

Multiple sources are reporting that Congressman David Wu (D-OR 1) has announced his resignation from Congress, effective after the debt ceiling crisis was over.

In a statement obtained by the Associated Press, Wu said: “With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt ceiling crisis. This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues.” 

Initially, he had rebuffed calls to step down. However, pressure from Congressional leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi referring him to the House Ethics Committee, convinced him to change his mind. Oregon’s senators, Jeff Merkely and Ron Wyden, issued a joint statement that called for his resignation. 

The Oregonian reported on Friday that Wu had been accused of an unwanted sexual encounter with the 18-year-old daughter of a childhood friend. The incident allegedly occurred in Orange County last year.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is already evaluating the candidates likely to replace Congressman Wu.

“I want to assure our membership that we have already been monitoring the situation and strategizing about what will best serve our credit unions. Our Oregon Government Affairs Committee will discuss a candidate strategy in August,” said Troy Stang, NWCUA President. “We will support candidates who understand the value of credit unions and who support our plan to win for consumers.”

There is a multistep process for filling a congressional seat vacancy in Oregon:

  • There is not a gubernatorial appointment; per the Constitution, every state has special elections for House vacancies;
  • Governor John Kitzhaber would, however, set the date of the special election on any date of his choosing;
  • If that date is more than 80 days out from the resignation, there would be a special primary and a special general election; and
  • If that date is less than 80 days out from the resignation, the Democrats and Republicans would select their nominees through a convention – followed by a special general election.


Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Director of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello
, Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Stacy Augustine
, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

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