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Stephen LaRoque resigning from N.C. House

Published On: Jul 18 2012 10:51:18 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 25 2012 04:38:55 PM CDT
RALEIGH -

North Carolina Rep. Stephen LaRoque is resigning from the state House in the wake of a federal indictment and plans for the chamber to investigate his activities.

LaRoque signed a letter dated Wednesday telling Speaker Thom Tillis that he's resigning effective Aug. 1.

Tillis and others had turned up pressure on the Kinston Republican to resign in the week since LaRoque was indicted by a grand jury.

Tillis said earlier Wednesday he was forming a bipartisan House committee to examine the case and see what action, if any, was warranted against LaRoque.

LaRoque said in his letter he didn't want his continued presence at the General Assembly to be politicized and denied the charges against him.

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Previous Story: LaRoque Asked To Consider Resigning

House Speaker Thom Tillis said he's advised a fellow Republican member who was indicted on federal charges to resign from the chamber.

Tillis said Wednesday he's told Rep. Stephen LaRoque of Kinston it would be a wise decision if he stepped down from his legislative seat. A grand jury indicted LaRoque this week on charges he took hundreds of thousands of dollars loaned to his company through a federal program and gave it to another company he owned for transactions that helped family members.

Tillis told The Associated Press his advice isn't based on whether he believes LaRoque is guilty or innocent but in protecting the institution of the House.

LaRoque declined to comment on Tillis' statement. LaRoque lost in the May primary and won't return in January.