Katie Hill writes to former House colleagues about Calif. shooting: 'Speak up for our community'

Katie Hill writes to former House colleagues about Calif. shooting: 'Speak up for our community'
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Former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillKatie Hill pens op-ed about Congress resignation, toxic marriage, mental health and resilience Young Turks founder: Past remarks on women were attempt 'to be a stupid, politically incorrect Republican' Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat MORE (D-Calif.) sent an email to her former freshman House colleagues asking them to "have our back in Congress" after a fatal shooting occurred at a high school in her district. 

"Here I sit, less than half a mile away from the school, no longer in Congress and unable to advocate for them in all of the ways I want to," Hill, who resigned from Congress last month, wrote in the message, which was obtained by Politico. 

"I am certainly using my voice and my power to do everything I can - but I am asking you to please have our back in Congress," Hill added.

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"Our community needs to know that they still have people in their corner in the halls of power," she said.

A spokesperson for the lawmaker confirmed to The Hill in an email that she sent the letter to her former freshman colleagues. 

On Thursday, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were killed in a shooting at Saugus High School, which Hill attended as a teen. 

Hill resigned last month after she was accused of having inappropriate sexual relationships with congressional and campaign staffers.

She denied having an inappropriate relationship with a member of her congressional staff, which would be against House rules, though she admitted to one with a campaign staffer. 

Hill, in her final speech, called out what she described as a "double standard" allowing men accused of misconduct to remain in power.