Philly state lawmaker convicted of bribery refusing to resign

December 4, 2018

Vanessa Brown shortly after being elected in 2008. ( David Swanson / Staff Photographer)

By Staff

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D., Philadelphia), who has been found guilty of bribery and other crimes, has refused to resign her office even though Pennsylvania’s constitution prohibits convicted public officials from serving in the state legislature.

Brown, 52, was sentenced to probation late last week for accepting cash-stuffed envelopes from an undercover operative in a sting investigation. As of late Monday, she had not submitted a letter of resignation from her $88,600 job, according to House officials. And it is unlikely that she will do so before Jan. 1, when lawmakers are to be sworn in for the new, two-year session, according to people familiar with her plans.

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