Kentucky House speaker who resigned over harassment claim reconsiders

Jeff Hoover

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s House speaker, who said he would resign his leadership position after acknowledging he settled a sexual harassment claim from a female legislative staffer, now says he’s reconsidering that decision.

Jeff Hoover announced his resignation in November, saying at the time that it was “effective immediately.” But his resignation is not official until he submits it to the House of Representatives.

The House convened Tuesday, but Hoover did not resign. In a statement, Hoover said he has asked House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne to preside over the House “until further notice.”

Hoover said Tuesday that several lawmakers have asked him to reconsider his resignation. Hoover has denied committing sexual harassment, but acknowledged sending inappropriate but consensual text messages to a woman who worked for the House Republican Caucus.

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