Delegate resigns after being charged in Capitol siege

Derrick Evans as seen in video taken at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Derrick Evans, who was elected last year as 19th District delegate in West Virginia, has stepped down.

The resignation comes following uproar over a video he posted which shows him among rioters breaking into the U.S. Capitol last week.

Derrick Evans

Evans was arrested Friday, after being charged in federal court with entry into a restricted area and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Both charges are misdemeanors.

“The past few days have certainly been a difficult time for my family, colleagues and myself, so I feel it’s best at this pointto resign my seat in the House and focus on my personal situation and those I love,” Evans said in a statement to the legislature. “I take full responsibility for my actions, and deeply regret any hurt, pain or embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends, constituents and fellow West Virginians. 

“I hope this action I take today can remove any cloud of distraction from the state Legislature, so my colleagues can get to work in earnest building a brighter future for our state. And more importantly, I hope it helps to begin the healing process, so we can all move forward and come together as ‘One Nation, Under God.’”