Trey Radel coming back to Congress next week

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.). (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), the lawmaker who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in late November, plans to return to Washington to resume his official duties.

Aides confirmed that Radel will be in town next week as the House reconvenes for the new year.

"I look forward to getting back to work next week representing my neighbors in Southwest Florida as they face the burdens of Obamacare, a jobless recovery, and a federal government that continues to spend more than it takes in," Radel said in a statement issued Thursday by his office.

Radel, 37, pleaded guilty to a ­misdemeanor drug-possession charge in D.C. Superior Court in late November. He was sentenced to one year of probation and underwent substance abuse treatment in Florida. He left rehab about two weeks ago and said he had no plans to resign despite multiple calls for his resignation among Florida Republicans.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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