Rep. Joe Barton Joe Linus BartonGOP approaches the list of demands for DACA. Republican legislator calls to vote on DREAM Act More than a dozen lawmakers put family on payroll campaign MORE (R-Texas) apologizes for not using "better judgment" after a bad photo of him appeared on social networks earlier this week, The Texas Tribune reported Wednesday.
Barton's acknowledgment that it appears in the photo emphasizes that the women with whom he was involved in the past, one who may have shared the photo, was older than the age of consent and willing participants.
"While I was separated from my second wife, before the divorce, I had bad with other mature adult women," Barton said in a statement.
"Each one was consensual, those relations are over, I'm sorry I did not have a better trial during those days, I'm sorry I disappointed my constituents," he continued.
The image appeared for the first time in an anonymous Twitter account and then began to circulate on the social media platform.
The lascivious image comes at a time when many people come forward and accuse powerful figures in politics, media and other industries of badual misconduct.
Republican officials in the state of Lone Star begin to speculate about the political future of the Texas legislator, who announced his re-election earlier this month.
Dallas News reporter Katie Leslie reported that Barton has no plans to resign.
NEW: @RepJoeBarton spokesman said he has no plans to resign. https://t.co/cKFaWaY0lo
– Katie Leslie (@katieleslienews) November 22, 2017
Barton, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1985, told the local news media which is talking to people about their next steps.
"You are as aware of what was published as I am," Barton told the Texas Tribune on Tuesday during a telephone interview.
"I'm talking to several people, everyone in whom I have faith and I'm deciding how to respond, frankly," he said.
Barton was previously chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives.
-Updated at 2:35 p.m.