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Missouri House Speaker is Asking State Lawmaker Under Federal Indictment to Resign

Missouri State Capitol. Photo by Office of Administration, Commissioner's Office.

The Missouri House Speaker is asking a fellow GOP House member to resign her seat after she was indicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield for an alleged stem cell fraud scheme.

The 20-count federal indictment was unsealed and made public on Monday. House Speaker Rob Vescovo has removed Nixa State Representative Tricia Derges from all committee assignments and has asked her to resign. The Speaker says this is a time for her to spend with her family “as she focuses on legal issues,” adding that it’s also a time for residents in southwest Missouri’s 140th district to move forward with selecting a replacement “who can effectively advocate for their interests.”

Representative Derges remains in the Missouri House.

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