UPDATE (Jan. 24): House Minority Leader Responds to Allegations Against Rep. Jose Cruz
Oklahoma State Rep. Jose Cruz (D) has resigned as the representative for House District 89.
He formally submitted his resignation letter to Governor Kevin Stitt Friday afternoon.
Cruz also issued the following statement on his resignation Wednesday night.
With a heavy heart, I am resigning as the representative for House District 89.
I started 2022 by exercising poor judgment and acting inappropriately during a gathering. I deeply regret my conduct and that my actions made someone else uncomfortable. I’m upset with myself and embarrassed.
My actions on New Year’s Eve did not reflect my values and beliefs. I consider myself a champion of women and have deep respect for my female colleagues and friends. However, my conduct that evening was inappropriate. I take full responsibility for my behavior and I apologize.
I can’t express my gratitude enough to my constituents, donors, colleagues and family. I’m very proud to have represented the people of south Oklahoma City, and serving as your representative has been a great honor.
Nevertheless, I must resign my seat, take steps to right my wrongs and learn from this experience. And although I’m giving up this seat, I will not give up advocating for others and fighting to improve Oklahoma.