Missouri lawmaker who resigned says he had affair

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A St. Louis area lawmaker who resigned from the Missouri House this week says he had an affair.

Republican Rep. Don Gosen told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thursday that he began an affair in 2014. On the advice of his attorney, he gave no details about the events that led to his resignation.

Gosen, elected in 2010, is married with three children.

House Speaker Todd Richardson said he asked Gosen to resign Tuesday night after he was “made aware of the situation.”

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

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

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch