- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina legislator is resigning after five years in the Legislature for unspecified family reasons.

Republican Rep. Mike Ryhal of Myrtle Beach will resign Monday, a week after informing House Speaker Jay Lucas.

Ryhal says in a letter to Lucas that he “reached this decision after careful and prayerful consideration.” While he says the choice wasn’t easy, it’s “the appropriate one for my family and me.”

The 59-year-old retired utility executive and electrical engineer will be the fifth legislator to resign this year. Three others were suspended after being indicted on ethics charges. Rep. Joe Neal of Hopkins died in February.

Ryhal is first vice chairman of the House Labor Commerce and Industry Committee.

There will be a special election to fill his remaining term.

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