State senator Carlos Uresti resigns
State Senator Carlos Uresti resigned on Monday, after 22 years as a state lawmaker representing District 118 in the Texas House and District 19 in the Texas Senate.
In a statement, Uresti said:
After 22 years of public service to the great State of Texas - both as the State Representative for District 118 and the State Senator for District 19, I formally announce my resignation as State Senator effective June 21, 2018.
Serving the people and children in our great State has been both an honor and a privilege.
In March, Uresti was convicted of federal fraud charges in what prosecutors called "a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of millions of dollars."
Uresti also addressed his legal problems in the statement, adding:
I need to attend to my personal matters and properly care for my family. So, keeping in mind the best interests of my constituents and my family, I believe it to be most prudent that I step down from my elected office to focus on these important issues.
A judge later denied Uresti's request for a new trial and he surrendered his law license.
Sentencing has been set for June 25.