Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns Over Questionable Mileage Expenses
After receiving almost 170,000 miles on his personal vehicle, Aaron Schock has resigned as United States Representative for Illinois’ 18th congressional district. The decision came as a result of scrutiny of his reimbursements.
Although the federal government and his campaign has billed 170,000 miles on his Chevrolet Tahoe for a period of January 2010 to July 2014, upon sale, as reflected by public records acquired by Politico, only 80,000 miles showed on the odometer; a total of 90,000 miles more.
“[T]he constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself,” Politico quoted Schock as saying after his resignation.
“I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents, and I thank them for the opportunity to serve.”
Despite the amount Mr. Schock was charged for his mileage, CNN reported a spokesman saying that the government has been paid back.
“In an effort to remove any questions, and out of an abundance of caution, Congressman Schock has reimbursed all monies received for official mileage since his election to Congress,” the spokesman said.
Schock, however, expressed his hopes of not having broken any law. He asserted in an interview with Politico that, as someone who isn’t an attorney, he cannot say with surety whether he’s broken a law.
Mr. Schock’s expenses were also highlighted through postings of luxury trips on Instagram and, as reported by USA Today, an expenditure of $100,000 on an office remodeling.
He has been reported to spending money to remodel his office and imitate the set of the hit show “Downton Abbey.” However, the $40,000 he spent have been paid back; $35,000 as reimbursement to the taxpayers and $5,000 to the designer.
Schock will step down on March 31 after serving since 2009.
Sunlight Foundation, in a 2013 report, said that Mr. Schock was “one of the top five Republican fundraisers in the House.”