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From the Associated Press

A southeastern Kentucky lawmaker who was severely injured earlier this year is resigning his House seat.

State Representative and public school teacher Dewayne Bunch suffered a head injury while breaking up a fight at Whitley County High School in April. He underwent surgery for an infection and is still recovering.

House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover said in a statement that Bunch’s family had decided that it was best for him and his constituents to resign.

Hoover further highlighted Bunch’s military service and teaching and political careers.

A special election will have to be held to replace Bunch. The governor will set the date.