Breaking News: Rep. Zach Fansler Resigns

Feb 2, 2018

Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, addresses the Capitol Press Corps in March 2017. Fansler submitted a letter of resignation to the House Legislature on February 2, 2018, six days after the Juneau Empire published allegations of him assaulting a woman in his hotel room after she denied his sexual advances.
Credit Skip Gray / 360 NORTH

House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler's resignation becomes effective February 12.

The legislator tendered his resignation letter to Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon this morning, February 2. In an interview with KYUK, his attorney, Wallace Tetlow, said that Fansler didn’t feel that he could adequately serve his constituents given the allegations that have been made.

Last weekend, a Juneau woman alleged that Fansler slapped her multiple times when she denied his sexual advances, rupturing one of her eardrums in the process. KYUK's reporting on this story is ongoing.