Tennessee State Rep. Curry Todd has resigned as Chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee following his arrest nearly one week ago on drunken driving and weapons charges.
In a statement release to Nashville's News 2 Monday afternoon, House Speaker Beth Harwell said, “Representative Todd has submitted to me his resignation as the Chairman of the House State and Local Government Committee. He indicated he does not want to distract from the work that must be done, and I appreciate his willingness to step aside so that we may focus on legislative business.”
In his own statement, Todd added, “The committee's work is an important aspect of the General Assembly and I do not want my actions to distract from that.”
At a charity golf tournament Monday morning, Todd apologized to Governor Bill Haslam for his actions.
The governor said Todd's words to him were: “I realize I made a bad mistake, and I'm sorry.”
Todd, a Collierville Republican, was arrested in Nashville the night of October 11 after failing a roadside sobriety test and refusing to take a breath test.
A loaded .38-caliber gun was found in a holster stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.
- Oct. 17, 2011: Haslam: Rep. Todd apologizes for 'bad mistake'
- Oct. 13, 2011: State rep. resigns from guns task force following DUI arrest
- Oct. 12, 2011: State Rep. arrested on DUI charges in Nashville