Democratic State Senator resigns after lying about residency

Sep 15, 2014 6:22 PM by Debbie Cobb

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State Sen. Rod Wright has resigned after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg accepted Wright's resignation, which is effective Sept. 22. Jennifer Hanson, a spokeswoman for Wright, confirmed the senator submitted his resignation letter on Monday.

He was convicted of perjury in January for lying about his residence and later was suspended with pay from the Senate. Wright's was the first of three unrelated cases against Democratic lawmakers that cost the party its supermajority in the Senate.

Wright said he listed an Inglewood property as his residence so he could run in 2008 to represent the 25th Senate District, but jurors found he actually lived outside the district.


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