WASHINGTON — Rep. Donald E. (Buz) Lukens (R-Ohio) resigned from the House on Wednesday, sparing himself a second sexual misconduct investigation and possible disciplinary action.
"Effective immediately, for the good of the Congress and the integrity of the institution, I resign my seat in the U.S. House of Representatives," Lukens said in a letter to Ohio Gov. Richard F. Celeste that was read on the House floor.
Republican leaders in the chamber had warned Lukens, who was defeated for renomination in Ohio's primary in May, that he risked being expelled if he tried to finish out his term.
Lukens resigned two days after the House Ethics Committee revived its dormant case against him to include a new accusation that he had fondled a House elevator operator earlier this month.
The elevator operator reported the incident to her superiors.