State Rep. Kris Crawford, R-Florence, resigned his seat Tuesday, citing family reasons.
Crawford, the full-time medical director of a hospital emergency room, said he was stepping down from his District 63 seat to spend more time with his family.
“My kids have gotten a lot bigger. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to go back this time,” Crawford said, adding his children were “not in favor” of him serving another term and “are certainly old enough to have a say in it.”
Crawford said attending the House’s two-day organizational session last week took a toll on him, adding now seems like a good time to make a break from politics.
Crawford resigned from his House committees on Monday and submitted his formal resignation from the House on Tuesday.
Crawford, a state representative since 2007, said his exit has nothing to do with an ongoing public corruption investigation at the State House in the wake of former Republican House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s guilty plea to campaign finance abuses.
Harrell was the target of a state grand jury investigation, led by Attorney General Alan Wilson. During that investigation, Crawford sponsored two bills that failed to pass that would have limited the attorney general’s powers.
Harrell resigned as part of a plea deal in which he also agreed to cooperate with the ongoing corruption investigation.
Crawford said Tuesday he has “not been contacted in any way about any probe.”
Crawford was convicted on four misdemeanor tax violations in 2012, paying a $10,000 fine to resolve the charges.
Crawford ran unopposed for re-election in November. A special election for the District 63 seat is expected in the spring, with filing opening in late December and closing in early January.