Attorney General Mike Hunter abruptly resigned on Wednesday, citing "certain personal matters that have become public" as a "distraction for this office."
has announced his resignation, which will take effect on June 1.
“I cannot allow a personal matter to overshadow the critical work
that the attorneys, agents, and support staff do on behalf of Oklahomans,” he said.
Hunter did not specify the nature
of his personal issue, but he did file for divorce
from his wife of nearly 40 years last week, and The Oklahoman reported Wednesday that people
familiar with the situation confirmed Hunter was having an affair with a state employee who did not work in his office. The newspaper asked Hunter for comment Tuesday night.
Hunter was appointed attorney general in 2017 by then-Gov. Mary Fallin to replace Scott Pruitt
, who left to lead the Environmental Protection Agency
under President Donald Trump
, and he was set to run again in 2022.
Hunter was a key figure in Trump's push to overturn the 2020 election
results, joining 16 other states in petitioning the United States Supreme Court
to hear their claims that mail-in voting
procedures in Pennsylvania
, and Wisconsin
, all of which President Joe Biden
won, violated the Constitution.
Hunter was also one of the attorneys general who urged the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade abortion
protections by relocating a case from Mississippi
, which the court recently announced would happen.