SAINT LOUIS — Rep. Steve Webb, D-Florissant —who was charged with one count of felony stealing and seven other counts of campaign finance law violations in early November — announced he was resigning his House seat today via written statement.
“Today is a tough day for me personally,” Webb said. “But, this job is never about ones self. It has been an honor to serve the people of Missouri’s 67th District. I’ve enjoyed this opportunity because it’s given me a platform to voice for common everyday people. My commitment to serving others goes far beyond political office.”
Webb’s felony charge stems from an accusation that he solicited $3,000 for the purposes of hosting a reception for Missouri’s Black Legislative Caucus — which he once chaired. Police records accuse Webb of siphoning the donation, from Community Loans of America, into his own bank account for personal use. Other charges, all misdemeanors, claim Webb purposely failed to report certain donations, made cash expenditures in excess of allowable amounts and comingled contributions with personal funds. Webb maintains he is innocent of the charges.
“I strongly believe the allegations against me will work themselves out,” Webb said.
Initially, House Minority Leader Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis City, called on Webb to resign. Webb said he would not be resigning until he was able to discuss the matter with family and friends and seek legal counsel.
A special election will be held to fill Webb’s seat if Gov. Jay Nixon makes a formal call. Another House seat, belonging to former Speaker Pro Tem and recently-elected U.S. Congressman Jason Smith, is also vacant. If Nixon makes no call for a special election, the seats will be filled in the next general election.
Collin Reischman is the Managing Editor for The Missouri Times, and a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. To contact Collin, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at @CMReischman