Jeff Hoover, Speaker of the Kentucky House resigned from his position on Sunday amid sexual harassment allegations, saying he had made “mistakes.”
“I did make mistakes, in that I engaged in inappropriate text messages. I engaged in banter that was consensual, yet make no mistake, it was wrong on my part to do that. And for that I am truly sorry” the Republican lawmaker said at a press conference announcing his decision.
Hoover asked for the public’s forgiveness in a tearful statement on Sunday, saying, “To say that the past few weeks and days have been trying and difficult for me and my family would be an understatement.”
Kentucky’s House speaker pro tempore, Republican David Osborne, said in a statement that he will be assuming operational control of the chamber as acting speaker.
Hoover’s resignation comes a day after Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, also a Republican, called for “the immediate resignation of every individual who has settled a sexual harassment case, who is party to trying to hide this type of behavior.”