Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill said on Saturday, Feb. 18, he and Majority Leader Bart Davis were notified of confidential allegations of sexual harassment against Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell. "The Idaho Senate takes all allegations of sexual harassment seriously," Hill said. "At leadership's request, the Senate secretary, throughout Monday, investigated and counseled the attache to report the claims of misconduct to Brent Hill. Monday afternoon the attache, together with the Senate secretary, met with the Pro Tem and majority leader to report the asserted misconduct."
Hill said he immediately reassigned the Senate staffer "to another position within the Senate." Hill said, "In this situation, my first priority is to ensure a safe, secure and professional work environment for Senate employees. My second priority is to protect the integrity and institution of the Idaho State Senate."
Hill said McGee did not admit to any wrongdoing, but "informed leadership that he believed it was in the Senate's best interest for him to resign." Hill said McGee hand-delivered his letter of resignation this morning. Hill urged people to respect the privacy of the Senate attache involved, who is on paid leave. "This is an extremely difficult time for her," he said.