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Speaker Tilley Abruptly Resigns From Missouri House

The Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, Steven Tilley, has resigned. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.

Tilley’s surprise announcement came in the form of a letter he sent to colleagues in the House.  In that letter, Tilley wrote that he was stepping down because he “did not want to be a paid consultant while serving as the Speaker of the House.”

The optometrist from Perryville said he will be consulting on public policy and campaigns. He also cited a desire to spend more time with his daughters.

In addition to resigning the office of Speaker, Tilley is also resigning as a member of the House of Representatives completely, five months before his term was set to expire.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.