Aaron Schock on Capitol Hill in 2008, after being elected.

This post has been corrected.

With his announcement Tuesday that he is resigning from Congress, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) appears to become the youngest member of the House or Senate to have resigned his seat before the end of a Congress in American history.

Using data from GovTrack, it seems that 33-year-old Schock is the youngest by a decent margin. In second place, John Brown, who left the House to sit in the Senate in 1792 at the age of almost 35 years. (Schock turns 34 in May.) Others on the list of the youngest to resign have names that are more familiar than Brown's; many did so to move to the upper chamber.

If we're talking only about members who have resigned over alleged wrongdoing, Schock is the youngest by four years; Trey Radel resigned at age 37 last year over a cocaine arrest.

1. Aaron Schock
Resigned in 2015 at 33 years old. Reason: TBD

2. John Brown (Democratic-Republican-Ky.)
Resigned in 1792 at 34 years old. Reason: Senate seat

3. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Resigned in 2008 at 36 years old. Reason: Governor seat

4. Carte Goodwin (D-W.V.)
Resigned in 2010 at 36 years old. Reason: Interim appointee

5. Katharine Byron (D-Md.)
Resigned in 1941 at 37 years old. Reason: Interim appointee

6. Trey Radel (R-Fla.)
Resigned in 2014 at 37 years old. Reason: Drug arrest

7. James Jackson (Democratic-Republican-Ga.)
Resigned in 1795 at 38 years old. Reason: Legislature position

8. Joe Scarborough (Yes, that one.) (R-Fla.)
Resigned in 2001 at 38 years old. Reason: Family

9. Walter Tucker (D-Calif.)
Resigned in 1995 at 38 years old. Reason: Scandal

10. Albert Espy (D-Miss.)
Resigned in 1993 at 39 years old. Reason: Cabinet position

11. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.)
Resigned in 1997 at 39 years old. Reason: Job at CBS

12. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Resigned in 1996 at 40 years old. Reason: Senate seat

13. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)
Resigned in 2012 at 41 years old. Reason: Injuries sustained in a shooting

14. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Resigned in 2009 at 42 years old. Reason: Senate seat

15. Richard Bayard (Whig-Del.)
Resigned in 1839 at 42 years old. Reason: State Supreme Court

Being the youngest to resign would be the second distinction we've awarded to Schock; he's also the first Millennial to have made it to Capitol Hill. There have only been 10 members of Congress who are from his generation (born in 1980 or later), meaning that a full one-10th of congressional Millennials have resigned early under a cloud of scandal. Make of that what you will.


Correction: This post originally indicated that Walter Tucker left office due to death. Happily, he is still alive, though his departure from Capitol Hill was a bit more scandalous. My apologies.