JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Former state Rep. Scotty Campbell issued his first public statement late Thursday since his resignation from the Tennessee House.

Campbell resigned after an ethics committee determined he violated the General Assembly’s policy on workplace discrimination and harassment.

“I apologize to my family, my friends, and those who misunderstood my intentions,” Campbell said in a text message. “I am honored to have been able to represent the people of Northeast Tennessee and am proud of the good things we were able to do for Tennesseans.”

Campbell represented District 3, which includes all of Johnson and part of Carter, Sullivan, and Hawkins counties.

The Johnson County Commission will appoint someone to fill Campbell’s former seat until a special election can be held.

Campbell was first elected to the District 3 seat in 2010 but didn’t seek re-election. In 2020, he successfully ran for the seat again after it had been vacated by Timothy Hill. He ran unopposed for re-election in 2022.

The Mountain City Republican served as the House GOP caucus vice chairman and was on the Criminal Justice; Finance, Ways, and Means; and Transportation committees.