(Hamilton County, Oh.) – After coming under fire for an OVI arrest, Ohio State Rep. Robert Mecklenborg has resigned.
The 59-year-old Green Township Republican representing southwestern Hamilton County made the announcement Sunday. There had been calls for his resignation not only from Ohio Democrats, but even the Speaker of the House.
Mecklenborg was arrested for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated on U.S. 50 in Greendale April 23. A woman, reported to be a stripper, was in the car with the married father of three at the time.
“My recent actions have become a distraction to the additional important work that lies ahead for the members of the 129th General Assembly. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I resign from the Ohio House of Representatives effective August 2, 2011,” Mecklenborg said in a news release.
He called the chance to serve the 30th House District “rewarding and humbling.” He pointed to his focus on issues such as election reform and pro-life legislation.
Sixteen months remain in Mecklenborg’s term. House leadership will begin interviewing candidates for to fill the vacancy.