Jan. 9, 2018: Kentucky State House Rep. Jeff Hoover, Republican, resigned as the State House’s Speaker yesterday, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, but he remained in office as a Representative. Hoover resigned from the Speaker leadership position more than two months after he acknowledged that he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim and paid to keep it quiet. Hoover denied sexual harassment, but he said that he sent inappropriate but consensual text messages to a woman who once worked for the House Republican Caucus. The settlement signed by Hoover and three other Republican legislators was handled outside of court and paid for with private money to avoid publicity. But The Courier Journal exposed it, creating an uproar. Hoover told The Associated Press last week, the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6, 2018, that he believed the complaint was motivated by politics.