Fordham then visited GOP headquarters to inform Reynolds and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert; he returned with a one-sentence resignation letter that Foley signed.
Hastert and Reynolds let it be known that if Foley didn't resign, he would be expelled from the House.
Foley had raised million in campaign contributions before withdrawing.
In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography.
Foley also succeeded in getting a law passed that allows volunteer youth-serving organizations like the Boy Scouts of America and Boys and Girls Clubs to have access to FBI fingerprint background checks.
Foley's stances on many social issues differ from his party's leadership.
Hastert said in an October 2 press conference that he would have demanded Foley's expulsion from the House had he tried to stay in office.).
He was re-elected in 2000 with 60 percent of the vote against Democrat Jean Elliott Brown and Reform Party candidate John Mc Guire.
More pages came forward, alleging a history of inappropriate conduct by Foley dating back at least 10 years.
Foley had been warned about the matter in 2005 by another House Republican and the House Clerk.
The instant messages made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.
Kirk Fordham, Chief of Staff to Tom Reynolds and former Chief of Staff to Foley, said that he was with Foley on September 29, 2006, when ABC confronted him with the explicit messages before they were publicized.