Maryland State Senator Ulysses Currie to resign next month

FILE PHOTO Sen. Ulysses Currie, D-Prince George's, looks on after the Senate voted to censure him for failing to disclose his work for a grocery store chain in Annapolis, Md., Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – State Sen. Ulysses Currie is resigning next month after a 30-year career in the Maryland General Assembly.

Currie, a Prince George’s County Democrat, sent a letter of resignation to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Friday.

The 79-year-old wrote he can no longer serve with the strength and energy his constituents deserve.

Currie rose to become a popular and leading black lawmaker. He was the chairman of the powerful Senate budget committee in 2002. He stepped down from the chairmanship when he was indicted in federal court in 2010 for failing to disclose work for a grocery store chain that paid him about $245,000 over several years.

He was acquitted of all charges, including conspiracy, bribery and extortion. The Senate later voted unanimously to censure him, and he apologized.


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