Tennessee House Republican resigns after violating discrimination and harassment policy

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    Republican Rep. Scotty Campbell's seat is left empty after he abruptly resigned midday Thursday after an ethics committee finding that he violated workplace discrimination and harassment policy was made public on April 20, 2023.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As lawmakers filed into the House chamber after a lunch break on Thursday, the desk of former state Rep. Scotty Campbell sat empty, the characteristic lawmaker name plate missing from its front.

    Campbell, R-Mountain City, resigned from the General Assembly in a sudden move Thursday, less than two hours after he told The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network, he had no plans to step down from a Republican caucus leadership position over a harassment policy violation.

    House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, confirmed Thursday afternoon Campbell had issued a letter of resignation after an ethics subcommittee last month found Campbell had violated a workplace discrimination and harassment policy.

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