Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr announces resignation

UPDATE: KATV broke the news of the Lt. Governor's resignation to Governor Mike Beebe. In his statement Darr wrote, "I submit that resignation to the people of Arkansas, not an elected official."

Governor Beebe's spokesperson issued this statement to KATV. "The Governor thinks this is the best decision for the state of Arkansas and for Lt. Governor Darr. Next week we will begin to look at our obligations and possibilities moving forward as far holding a special election."

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr has announced his resignation effective February 1st.

Darr had recently come under fire for ethics violations, leading Governor Beebe to ask for his resignation along with Arkansas' Republican Congressional delegation.

Darr signed an ethics settlement agreeing to pay $11,000 in fines, some of those violations stemmed from campaign finance.

Darr released the following statement to the media:

It is my great honor to be the Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas. This office has allowed me to meet so many wonderful Arkansans over the past few years. My family and I are forever grateful for the support the people of this great state have shown us for the past few years and during this extremely difficult time. We have learned that difficult days demand decisions of faith.

Throughout this process, it has been my desire to share the facts, and I feel this has been accomplished. I have been honest, forthright and acted with integrity. I made mistakes, but not one with malicious intent.

Effective February 1, 2014 I will resign as Lieutenant Governor and I submit that resignation to the people of Arkansas, not an elected official. I have spoken with Speaker Carter and Senate Pro-Tempore Lamoureux to notify them of this decision. They agree with me it is in the best interest for me, my family and the state at this point. I respect these two men for their concern: not just for the state but for me and my family.

Politics can be a toxic business. I will no longer subject my family to its hard lessons. All my forgiveness to those who play the games and all my respect and appreciation to those who serve with class and humility.

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