[image-1]Republican state Rep. Chris Corley was suspended from office today by House Speaker Jay Lucas after being indicted on felony domestic violence and gun charges.

In a press release at this afternoon, Lucas said Corley was “suspended effective immediately” pursuant to state law. If convicted, Corley’s office will be vacated and a special election must be held. If acquitted, he will be reinstated.

Corley was arrested last week after an incident where he allegedly hit his wife and threatened her with a gun in the presence of minors. In a press release today, the state attorney general’s office said Corley faces 25 years in prison for both charges if convicted.

The Graniteville rep recently ran unopposed for a second term in his Aiken County district. He made national news in 2015 when he sent a Christmas card showing the Confederate flag and urging his colleagues to repent for their votes. Corley fought the removal of the flag after the mass killings Emanuel AME.