Updated Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5:15 p.m.

Weeks ahead of a special session that will focus on education, the top ranking member of a House of Delegates committee is stepping down from their post because of a personal relationship he says is viewed as disrespectful.

House Education Chair Danny Hamrick (R-Harrison) submitted a letter Tuesday to Speaker Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay).

“I am writing this letter to notify you that I will be stepping down from the position of Chair of House Education effective immediately,” Hamrick wrote.

The letter indicates that Hamrick will continue serving in the Legislature. He was first elected to the House in 2012 and took over as chair of the Education Committee at the beginning of the 2019 session.

“I very

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