SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE CHRIS DONOVAN’S STATEMENT ON REP. JAMES O’ROURKE:

“It was with a great deal of sadness that I learned that prosecutors are reviewing an arrest warrant application for possible criminal misdemeanor charges against Representative O’Rourke. This is extremely difficult for everyone involved in this tragedy. My thoughts are with the family and friends of Carol Sinisgalli, as they are with Jim and his family this morning.”

“We do not yet know if prosecutors or a judge will sign the warrant. However, given these developments, I have made the decision to suspend Representative O’Rourke from his leadership position in the House Democratic Caucus as deputy speaker. Representative O’Rourke needs to be able to devote his attention to these personal and legal matters. While he does so, he will not be able to adequately carry out the additional responsibilities of deputy speaker during an especially challenging time in the legislature.”

“I understand that Representative O’Rourke has cooperated fully with police investigators throughout this ordeal. I am hopeful that this will be resolved soon.”