Del. Tom Gear resigns

Del. Tom Gear (R-Hampton) is calling it quits.

A delegate since 2002, Gear is vice chairman of the General Laws Committee, but also serves as the chairman of the subcommittee on ABC and Gaming. Additional committee assignments include Transportation, Finance, and Education

Gear, who has been embroiled in controversy regarding the judicial appointment of his sister, fought that battle through 2009 before his sister pulled her name from consideration.

The governor is likely to call a special election for on or about Feb. 22.