82nd District State Representative Dewayne Bunch has resigned

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A southeastern Kentucky lawmaker who was
severely injured earlier this year is resigning his House seat.

State Rep. Dewayne Bunch, a public school teacher, had suffered
a head injury while breaking up a fight at Whitley County High
School in April.

Regina Bunch released this statement:

I wish to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of those who have expressed their support to my husband and our family over the last several months. The prayers and encouragement shown us will forever be cherished.

After much soul searching and prayer, we as a family decided it is in the best interest of his constituency if he resigned as State Representative. This will allow for his replacement to hopefully be sworn in prior to the 2012 session of the General Assembly.

I know there are many qualified and capable people in this district and my desire is that whomever the people choose to fill his vacancy will be as committed and dedicated to serving the people of the 82nd District.

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Dewayne is continuing his recovery and he hopes to be back in Kentucky soon.

Republican leaders released this statement::

Over the course of the past several months, our thoughts and prayers have been with our colleague, State Representative Dewayne Bunch, as he has recovered from a tragic accident that took place in the course of his work as a teacher at Whitley County High School.

In the course of his recovery, his family has decided that it is best for not only him, but his constituents as well if he resigns his seat in the Kentucky General Assembly. While we will miss serving with Dewayne, we understand this decision and want what is best for his recovery.

Dewayne has exemplified what it means to be a servant leader. Whether it was his service to our nation through the military, his service to the 82nd District as State Representative, or his service to the young people of Whitley County as an educator, Dewayne has time and again lived the type of life that can be an example to all of us.

We wish him a speedy recovery.

-House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover
-House Republican Caucus Chair Bob Deweese
-House Republican Whip Danny Ford

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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