Bundgaard resigns from Arizona Legislature

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Scott Bundgaard has resigned as state senator. His attorney said Bundgaard submitted his letter of resignation to Senate President-elect Steve Pierce Friday afternoon and it is effective immediately.

Bundgaard decided to quit just hours before he was scheduled to testify before a Senate Ethics Committee.

The ethics complaint resulted from a domestic violence incident involving the Peoria Republican and his then-girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, last February alongside State Route 51 in North Phoenix.

Statement from Senate President-elect Steve Pierce:

"Today Senator Scott Bundgaard submitted a letter of resignation from the Arizona State Senate. I accept this resignation. I believe Scott did what was best for himself and for his family, and for the State Senate as well. I appreciate his service to the Arizona State Legislature and respect what I know was a difficult decision for him.

"I am hopeful we can put this distraction to rest and start the upcoming legislative session with our full focus on working for the people of this great state."

Statement from Aubry Ballard:

"For more than 10 months since the night of February 25th, I've wanted nothing more than to put this unfortunate assault in the past and to get on with my life. Hopefully now, with the ethics investigation complete, that long-awaited next step can finally happen.

"I want to thank the Phoenix Police Department, the City Prosecutor's Office, the members of the Arizona Senate Ethics Committee, all the witnesses and the independent counsel for their diligence and their compassion. Together with my family and friends, I believe it's now truly possible to move forward in a positive direction."