Oregon Secretary of State resigns amid uproar over consulting job

Fagan took a side job that paid $10,000 a month to supplement her state salary.
FILE – Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan attends the summer conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, July 8, 2022. Oregon is losing its second elections director in as many years with Fagan announcing her resignation Friday, Dec. 9, saying the job is extremely challenging and complaining of uncertain funding. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)

Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan (D) resigned Tuesday after weathering days of criticism over a consulting position she held with a cannabis dispensary business.

In a statement, Fagan said she believed an ethics commission would have cleared her of wrongdoing, but she said she did not want to become a reason people questioned the intentions of their elected leaders.

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