- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Rep. Harold Mitchell says he’s resigning after 12 years in the Legislature for health reasons.

Mitchell announced Friday he will resign when the legislative session ends this month.

The 51-year-old Spartanburg Democrat said he’s “decided to listen to the doctors” and take care of himself “to make sure I’m here for my family.”

The former chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus says stress from being in the Legislature is contributing to his health problems, which include high blood pressure.

Mitchell says he’s been on medical leave from the Legislature since April 10.

Mitchell was first elected in November 2005. He will be the fourth legislator to resign this year. Two others were suspended after being indicted on ethics charges.

Rep. Joe Neal of Hopkins died in February.

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