The second-highest ranked official in the Indiana House of Representatives resigned abruptly on Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star reported.
State House Majority Leader Rep. Jud McMillin (R) quit after telling several contacts in a text message last week, “My phone was stolen in Canada and out of my control for about 24 hours. I have just been able to reactivate it under my control. Please disregard any messages you received recently. I am truly sorry for anything offensive you may have received.”
Neither McMillin nor House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) have identified what the “offensive” material could be. But according to the Indianapolis Business Journal, it included at least one sexually-explicit video.
Instead, McMillin said in a statement that he “decided the time is right for me to pass the torch and spend more time with my family. Now I want to focus all of my attention on making my family’s world a better place.”
Earlier this year, McMillin said in an interview with Fox News that he was not “focusing on poor people” by presenting a bill that would make passing drug tests a requirement for people receiving welfare benefits.
He was also listed as a sponsor of Senate Bill 101, the “religious freedom” bill that turned into a source of major criticism against Indiana for allowing business owners to refuse to serve LGBT patrons before being amended.