State Sen. Roderick Wright to Resign Following Conviction, Sentencing in Voter Fraud Case

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Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright in court on Sept. 3, when he was granted a final delay before he was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail and banned for life from public office. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times)

Democratic State Sen. Roderick D. Wright said Monday that he will resign from office effective Sept. 22– bowing to pressure three days after a judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail on felony perjury and voting fraud charges for lying about living in his Senate district when he ran for office in 2008.

Wright, who was threatened with an expulsion vote if he did not step down, agreed to step down but asked for a week to say goodbye to his staff and constituents.

“Effective Sept. 22, 2014, I hereby resign from the California State Senate,” Wright said in a letter Monday to the Senate secretary.

“It’s painful,” Wright said in an interview. “At the end of the day you want to consider what’s the best thing for the house and that was the best thing for the house.”

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