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Buesgens resigns as House committee chair, the second GOP head to resign before session starts

State. Rep. Mark Buesgens has resigned as chair of the House State Government Finance Committee, the second Republican to resign a chairmanship before the new GOP majority takes control of the Legislature next month.

Buesgens, in his seventh term from Jordan, said that some of his colleagues were unhappy with his appointment. And he told incoming House Speaker Kurt Zellers and incoming House Majority Leader Matt Dean that it “has created some problems that you don’t need and I don’t want.”

He didn’t specify the source of the problems, but in September Buesgens had resigned as a consultant to the state Republican Party after being charged in connectin with a drunk-driving arrest.

Last month, Rep. Tom Hackbarth, a Republican from Cedar serving his eighth term, resigned his chairmanship of the House Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committee, after being questioned by police for carrying a gun in the Planned Parenthood parking lot. Police said there were many inconsistencies in his story, but no charges were filed.

Here’s the email that Buesgens sent to Zellers and Dean:

I hereby submit my resignation from the chairmanship of State Government Finance. You and Matt need to get off to the best possible start with the caucus and have done a very good job thus far. However, it appears that naming me as a chair  For me to continue on with the knowledge that there are colleagues with questions, concerns and outright hostility with this appointment is unacceptable. The best possible course of action to mend fences is for me to quickly step aside and I not only accept that, I welcome that.

Kurt, you know well that I truly live by the expression that one does not need to be a captain in order to lead. In fact, if the only way one can get folks to follow is by securing a captainship, well, that person isn’t a leader at all! What I’m saying is that I do not need a title to be of some value in our caucus and I will not hold a title if there are questions, doubts or hard feelings by doing so.

Finally, I want to emphatically stress that I harbor no ill will or hard feelings. I seek only what is best for you, Matt and the entire caucus we attempt to lead our beloved state through these terribly trying times.

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