Missouri lawmaker who resigned says he had affair

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A St. Louis-area legislator who recently resigned from the Missouri House is acknowledging he had an extramarital affair.

Republican Rep. Don Gosen told The Associated Press on Friday that the woman was from southwest Missouri and never worked in government or as a lobbyist. The married father of three says the Gosen photorelationship “went awry,” and that it was his only extramarital affair.

Gosen resigned Wednesday after being asked to do so by House Speaker Todd Richardson. He’s the third lawmaker to resign under pressure in the past year.

Last May, then-House Speaker John Diehl resigned after acknowledging he exchanged sexually charged text messages with a Capitol intern. Sen. Paul LeVota resigned after being accused of sexually harassing interns, which he denied.

Gosen was first elected in 2010.