Katie Hill becomes first female lawmaker to face House ethics inquiry over sexual relationship after naked photograph leaked

Katie Hill becomes first female lawmaker to face House ethics inquiry over sexual relationship after naked photograph leaked 1 (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images,)

Rep. Katie Hill, subject of a new House Ethics Committee inquiry over an alleged relationship with a staff member, is the first female lawmaker to face such a charge.

The first-term California Democrat denies she ever had an inappropriate relationship with her legislative director, Graham Kelly, her legislative director, as alleged by her estranged husband, Kenny Heslep. The pair are in the midst of divorce proceedings, and Heslep also alleges he, Hill, and a staff member on her successful 2018 campaign for a northern Los Angeles County seat were engaged in an intimate relationship, including explicit photos that appeared on the conservative site RedState.

Dozens of House members have been involved in Capitol Hill sex scandals, but to date they’ve all been men. Members of both parties have been implicated.