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Indiana GOP congressman Mark Souder to resign over affair

Indiana Republican Representative Mark Souder announced Tuesday he will step down later this week after apologizing for an affair with a female staffer.

By Associated Press / May 18, 2010

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Souder says he'll resign from Congress effective Friday over an affair with a staffer.

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder is apologizing for an affair with a staffer and say he'll resign from Congress effective Friday.

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Souder said during a news conference Tuesday in Fort Wayne that he was "sorry to have let so many friends down."

He says that he has "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff."

Souder won a bruising Republican primary on May 4 to be nominated for his ninth term representing northeastern Indiana.

The 59-year-old has been married to his wife, Diane, since 1974, and they have three adult children.