Rep. Albert R. Wynn, who is leaving Congress at the end of May to become a lobbyist, has resigned from the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Ethics watchdogs had called on the Prince George's County Democrat to step down from the committee for the remainder of his House tenure, citing the potential for conflicts of interest involving clients of Dickstein Shapiro LLP, the Washington lobbying firm he is to join in May.
In a statement, Wynn said he believed he had complied with "both the letter and the spirit" of the congressional ethics laws, but would resign from the committee to avoid becoming a "distraction." One independent watchdog called the move a "first step." In a letter yesterday, the Campaign Legal Center urged Wynn to resign from Congress altogether.