From left: Sha'an Mouliert, Rep. Kiah Morris, Ebony Nyoni, Senowa Mize-Fox, Mark Hudson
Rep. Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) resigned her seat in the Vermont House on Tuesday, citing her husband’s health and what she called “continued harassment.”
One of only a handful of lawmakers of color in the Vermont legislature, Morris announced in late August that she was withdrawing from her reelection race but still planned to finish out her term. She told Vermont Public Radio at the time that she and her family had experienced racial harassment, threats and a home invasion, all of which contributed to her decision to step down.
Attorney General T.J. Donovan has said his office is investigating the allegations.
In a statement posted on Facebook Tuesday evening, Morris said she'd decided to resign immediately. “My husband is beginning the long physical journey of recovery following extensive open-heart surgery. We face continued harassment and seek legal remedies to the harm endured.”
Morris continued, “I step away now to focus on caring for and supporting my family during this time of transition and ensure our health, safety and well-being are prioritized. I want to thank the many individuals and organizations who continue to stand in solidarity with us, speak out, organize, donate and more as we press on the journey ahead. TEAM KIAH is all of us. Thank you.”