BOISE -- The head of the Idaho Senate says Sen. John McGee has resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment involving a female senate attache.
McGee, the fourth ranking Republican in the Senate, submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday morning.
Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill says he learned of the allegations against the Caldwell Republican Saturday.
Hill said it was McGee's decision to step down. But Hill also said McGee did not admit to any wrongdoing.
Hill says he accepted McGee's resignation and acted this week to ensure the safe, secure and professional work environment of Senate employees.
We have to do business as usual and finish our business here, said Senate Minority Chair Michelle Stennett.
Wednesday, after a news conference revealed McGee would resign, Idaho Senators spoke in surprise of the allegations.
I think he has had a rough year and let s just hope we all can get through this and everybody can get on the right course, said Senate Assistant Minority Leader Les Boch.
Boch hoped the public will continue to have faith in the legislative process.
The people in the senate are good people, said Boch. The public should know that this is tough.
KTVB Political analyst Dr. Jim Weatherby says the Senate Majority Caucus will meet to find McGee s replacement.
There is also a process to fill his Senate seat vacancy.
The legislative district and Canyon County, District 10 will forward three names to Governor Otter and he will select one of those names to be Senator McGee's replacement, said Weatherby.
The Attorney General was asked to investigate the allegations, but that investigation is now in the hands of Idaho State Police.
McGee did not immediately return telephone messages left Wednesday.
Democratic leaders say they were informed of McGee's resignation Wednesday morning, but would not comment on the resignation.
The resignation caps a difficult year for McGee. McGee was arrested on June 19, Father's Day. McGee began drinking at a Boise golf tournament and says he blacked out and simply doesn't remember the details of what happened next.
According to police, McGee took a Ford Excursion and cargo trailer from the southwest Boise home of a complete stranger and got it stuck in a yard. A breath test showed McGee's blood-alcohol content at nearly twice the legal limit.
Last summer, McGee pleaded guilty to drunken driving in a deal that erased accompanying auto theft charges. He served jail time and paid restitution for a stranger's vehicle that he damaged.
McGee's reputation was further bruised over the summer when the AP reported that despite having a home just 26 miles from the Capitol, he had been claiming a $122 per diem during the Legislature that adds up to some $6,000 annually.
The money is meant to defray the cost of a second residence in Boise, but McGee was spending nights at his parents' house in Boise.
Most southwestern Idaho lawmakers claim a $49 per diem.
At the start of the 2012 session, McGee apologized to his colleagues for his actions and survived efforts calling for him to step down from his leadership post.