Missouri lawmaker from Chesterfield abruptly resigns under press - KMOV.com

Missouri lawmaker from Chesterfield abruptly resigns under pressure

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Republican Rep. Don Gosen (Credit: Missouri House of Representatives) Republican Rep. Don Gosen (Credit: Missouri House of Representatives)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A state lawmaker from the St. Louis area has abruptly resigned from the Missouri House.

Republican Rep. Don Gosen of Chesterfield submitted his resignation Wednesday to House Speaker Todd Richardson.

Gosen told The Associated Press there were rumors about him that he needed to deal with.

Richardson released a written statement saying he had asked Gosen to resign Tuesday night after he was "made aware of the situation." But Richardson's statement did not elaborate on the circumstances.

Gosen is the third lawmaker to resign under pressure in the past year.

Last May, then-House Speaker John Diehl resigned after acknowledging he exchanged sexually charged text messages with a Capitol intern. A couple of months later, Sen. Paul LeVota resigned after being accused of sexually harassing interns, which he denied.

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