INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 29, 2015) —The second-highest ranking Republican in the Indiana House of Representatives abruptly resigned from the Legislature, one week after he sent out a very strange text message.
House Republicans announced Tuesday that Rep. Jud McMillin of Brookville was resigning from the Legislature.
McMillin was the House majority leader for this year's legislative session, during which he was a prominent supporter of the religious objections law and efforts to shift authority away from Democratic state schools superintendent Glenda Ritz.
McMillin says in a statement he decided to step down in order to spend more time with his family.
His resignation comes a week after he sent a very strange text to several people last week. The text read: "My phone was stolen in Canada and out of my control for about 24 hours. I have just been able to reactivate it under my control. Please disregard any messages you received recently. I am truly sorry for anything offensive you may have received."
According to our partners at the Indianapolis Star, a sexually explicit video was sent via text message from McMillin’s cell phone. It’s unclear who sent the text or how broadly it was distributed.
McMillin was first elected to the Legislature in 2010, representing a largely rural southeastern Indiana district. He was named majority leader last November.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma issued this statement:
“Our caucus is thankful for Representative McMillin’s service to our state, and we fully support his decision to step down in order to focus on his family,” said Bosma.
House Republicans will call a caucus in the coming days to fill the majority floor leader position vacated by McMillin.
“I don’t know the details of any personal situation but I can say this – the people that serve in office are human beings. They make mistakes, they have frailties, sometimes they impede with public life," said House Minority Leader, Scott Pelath (D - Michigan City).
Sympathy for McMillin came from the opposing side of the aisle Thursday. Pelath, McMillin's democrat counterpart hopes whatever issue led to McMillin’s resignation, does not end his political career.
“Everybody always has a future. Lives are full of second acts and comebacks and all those sorts of things. But ultimately, people learn to move on, they pick up, and like I said he’s an extraordinarily talented person," he said.