A Republican state lawmaker from Chesterfield stepped down abruptly on Wednesday, citing personal reasons.
Former Rep. Don Gosen, a 53-year-old insurance agent, served as the chairman of the House Insurance Committee and represented a Republican-leaning district that included parts of St. Louis County.
Gosen’s departure follows two resignations in the last year by lawmakers alleged to have engaged in inappropriate relationships with interns. A third legislator stepped down to join a St. Louis-based lobbying firm.
“There’s been rumors running around this building, some true, some of them not true, and matters that are being handled within the confines of my home with my family,” Gosen said. It doesn’t “really deal with anything work-related or legislatively related.”
House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, said Gosen’s resignation was the “right decision.”