Longtime Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown will step down from her role as ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee until a federal corruption case filed against her Friday is resolved, Democrats said.
The Florida congresswoman and her chief of staff were charged with 24 counts of wrongdoing. Federal prosecutors say she used her position in Congress to solicit money to a phony education group and spent the money on car repairs, vacations, and lavish events.
“The charges against Congresswoman Corrine Brown in the indictment today are deeply saddening,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D_Calif.) said in a statement. “Pursuant to the standing rules of the House Democratic Caucus, Congresswoman Brown has rightly stepped down from her position as ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs pending the resolution of this matter.”
Brown, 69, was first elected in 1993 to a Jacksonville-area district.