Democrat Dionne Halverson resigned Friday from the Utah House of Representatives.

Her action, announced in an emotional speech to the House, came one week after an ethics committee recommendation that she be expelled fell two votes short of passage.Halverson pleaded no contest Dec. 24 to a shoplifting charge. She was arrested outside an Ogden mall and charged with shoplifting clothing worth $196.

She was fined $350, placed on probation and ordered to undergo therapy.

After resisting all efforts to get her to resign, Halverson said Friday that four people she termed her "enemies" had collected enough potential votes to get her expelled.

The 43-year-old Ogden housewife did not name the four.