Embattled Philadelphia State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown resigns

Tony Romeo
December 11, 2018 - 6:42 pm

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Embattled Pennsylvania Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown has now resigned her seat in the Pennsylvania House.

In a letter to Pennsylvania state House Speaker Mike Turzai, Philadelphia Democrat Vanessa Lowery Brown remains defiant, saying she is resigning “under protest” as a member and member-elect of the state House.

Lowery Brown was sentenced to probation on November 30 after being convicted on a bribery charge. After initially refusing to resign, the prosecution filed suit to force her removal.

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“Now that Rep. Lowery Brown has submitted her letter of resignation, the speaker will call a special election in January, said Neal Lesher, a spokesman for Speaker Turza. “That special election could occur within 60 days of that time, so the earliest would be March.”

In her resignation letter, Lowery Brown references comments from the judge about racial overtones in the case, and vows to continue her fight for vindication. But she acknowledges that a provision in the state constitution currently renders her ineligible to serve in the state House.

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