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Nov 29, 2010 3:30 PM by Beth Saboe (KPAX News)

Polson State Senator John Brueggeman resigning

MISSOULA - The Montana Secretary of State's Office has confirmed that Republican State Senator John Brueggeman of Polson has filed paperwork and is resigning from his position.

There's no immediate word on what prompted the move.

Brueggeman represents Senate District 6 and is the Vice Chair of the Highways and Transportation Committee and also serves on three other State Senate Committees.

Below is the letter submitted to the Secretary of State's Office by Brueggeman.

The Honorable Linda McCulloch, Secretary of State
State Capitol Building
1301 E. 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

Secretary McCulloch,

I write to submit my resignation from the position of State Senator, District 6, effective this, the 29th day of November, 2010. It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to serve the people of Montana. And though my greatest love remains public service, after a decade in the Montana Legislature it is time to give my career the attention it deserves. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at 406.270.6699.

It has been a pleasure working with you over the years. Thank for your attention to this matter.

Senator John Brueggeman

Back in September, Brueggeman proposed a bill to strike language from Montana law which prohibits homosexual acts.

Brueggeman said he expected to roll out draft language in the upcoming weeks. This comes after news hit the press about the Montana Republican Party adopting a platform to keep homosexual acts illegal.

At the time, Brueggeman said that it wasn't a partisan issue. "It's about standing up for individual liberties," Brueggeman said.

"Is it politically a little touchy? Yeah, but that is not why we get elected. We get elected to do the right thing," Brueggeman added in a September interview.

We'll bring you more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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