Jack Latvala, a Repubilcan state senator and gubernatorial candidate from Florida, announced Wednesday he would be stepping down from his post after an investigation uncovered credible evidence of sexual misconduct.
Latvala wrote in a letter to Senate President Joe Negron that his last day would be Jan. 5, but also pushed back on the allegations, claiming he is innocent, the Associated Press first reported.
“I have had enough. If this is the process our Party and Senate leadership desires, than I have no interest in continuing to serve with you," Latvala wrote.
Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had requested Latvala resign earlier Wednesday.
Latvala faced accusations from several women, including Senate staff and lobbyists, of inappropriately touching them or making offensive comments concerning their bodies.
The subsequent investigation revealed that other women said Latvala often told lewd jokes and had indicated he’d back legislation for sexual favors in return.
When Latvala was removed as budget chairman for the state Senate in November, he anticipated he would be “fully exonerated.”
Other lawmakers have stepped down from their respective seats following accusations of sexual misconduct directed at them. A California state lawmaker along with members of Congress, including Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., have recently resigned from their posts due to allegations of sexual misconduct.