HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews has announced he’s resigning from Congress after 23 years in office.

The 56-year-old is leaving the Capitol on Feb. 18.

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He intends to join a law firm with offices in Washington. He says the job just opened and he “had to make a decision this weekend.”

The Democrat was first elected to Congress to represent a district which includes parts of Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties in 1990.

Andrews was an original author of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is sometimes called Obamacare.

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He has also pushed the Army to source 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025, according to his website.

A congressional ethics committee has been looking into Andrews’ campaign spending after reports that he was using campaign funds for trips to California, where his daughter had a fledgling singing and acting career. His departure will end that inquiry.

The seat will be open until the general election in November.

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