A Missouri state representative resigned this morning for unspecified reasons.
Representative Don Gosen (R-Ballwin) issued a resignation letter this morning that offered no explanation as to why he is stepping down.
The letter to House leadership reads:
“I write this letter to inform you of my resignation from the House of Representatives as State Representative for the 101st District effective immediately. I have appreciated the opportunity to serve the people of the 101st District.”
House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) issued a statement this morning. It reads:
“Don Gosen has chosen to resign his position in the Missouri House. He has made the right decision for his constituents and Missouri.
“At the beginning of this year, I said the actions of this body would not be defined by a few. I was serious then, and I am serious now. That’s why when I was made aware of the situation, I asked him to resign last night.
“I believe as I said on the first day of session that as ‘individuals we must be at our best and as an institution we must be better.’ We owe nothing less to our state and to the people we represent.”
Some in the Capitol admitted knowledge of rumors regarding Gosen but could offer no information on-the-record.
House Republicans will caucus at 11:00 this morning in the Capitol. Calls to Gosen’s office go to voicemail.