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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.

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

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

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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."

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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.