BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A Worcester state representative is resigning.

Rep. John Fresolo issued a statement that was read on the House floor Wednesday saying he could no longer effectively serve his district.

The statement did not indicate what prompted the decision. Fresolo did not immediately return phone calls and emails requesting comment.

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“I am currently unable to effectively serve my district and regretfully submit my resignation, effective immediately, hoping that a prompt special election will be held to fill the balance of my term,” Fresolo’s statement read.

Fresolo told The Telegram & Gazette on Wednesday that the resignation was part of a negotiated settlement with the House Ethics Committee.

Fresolo declined to discuss the nature of the settlement saying that under House rules investigations by the Ethics Committee are confidential.

The Worcester Democrat also told the newspaper he had never intentionally violated House rules as a member.

House Republican Leader Brad Jones said the Ethics Committee should forward any information from their investigation to the appropriate agencies for further review.

Fresolo has served since 1999.

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