GOP lawmaker booted from committee leadership after arrest

January 22, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawmaker in the Iowa House has been booted from a key committee leadership role after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Rep. Francis “Chip” Baltimore, a Boone Republican, has been removed as chairman of the House judiciary committee. He will be replaced with Rep. Zach Nunn, a Bondurant Republican.

House Speaker Linda Upmeyer announced the decision Monday. She says in a statement that Baltimore’s actions were “clearly irresponsible and he is being held accountable.”

Baltimore, an attorney, was arrested Friday morning in Ames near Interstate 35. His blood alcohol tested out at nearly twice the legal limit to drive, and a pistol was found under the driver’s seat.

Baltimore says in a statement he’s taken full responsibility for the arrest, and he supports Upmeyer’s decision.

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