Oklahoma House leader to step down after felony indictment


January 7, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The second-highest Republican in the Oklahoma House said he's stepping down from his leadership post as he defends himself from felony charges alleging that he abused his power by changing state law so that his wife could become a tag agent.

State Rep. Terry O'Donnell said in a statement late Thursday that he will resign Feb. 2 from his position as House speaker pro tempore while he and his wife Teresa, who was also indicted on multiple felony counts in connection with the alleged scheme, fight the charges.

"My wife and I are innocent, and we will fight back and vigor...

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