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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL 12/30/10 State Sen. Paul Bookout, D-Jonesboro, will be President Pro Temp of the senate for the upcoming legislative session. Bookout announced that he resigned his post on Aug. 20. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

Senator Paul Bookout has resigned, effective immediately.

Bookout, the 21st District Senator who is currently being investigated for spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal items, announced his resignation in a short statement late Tuesday afternoon.

"Please be advised that effective immediately I am resigning from my position as Senator for District 21 of the State of Arkansas," Bookout wrote. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the State of Arkansas."

Bookout's signature is seen at the bottom of the letter.

The letter was addressed to President Pro Tempore Senator Mike Lamoureaux.

Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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  • theriously
    August 20, 2013 at 5:58 p.m.

    Oh look, a politician misused funds. Shocking.

  • CaptBob
    August 20, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.

    Hmmmm......I wonder if Sen Bookout had been a Republican, if this article would have mentioned his political party prominently in the story ? Just sayin' .

  • RaylanGivens
    August 20, 2013 at 6:35 p.m.

    Don't worry CaptBob there will be an array of posters to tell you how the ADG is a subsidiary of Fox News

  • Justin88
    August 20, 2013 at 6:38 p.m.

    I enjoyed having you, I hope you enjoyed being had... State Sen. Paul Bookout, D-Jonesboro

  • SRBROTHERINLAW
    August 21, 2013 at 9:13 a.m.

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY WE NEED A PRIVATE CITIZEN OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FROM EACH STATE OVERSEEING WHAT SENATORS DO

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