California State Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) announced he will be stepping down from office, effective Dec. 1, 2013.
In a statement released on the website for California Senate District 23, which Emmerson represents, Emmerson revealed that he submitted a letter of resignation to Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) on Friday.
“My nine years of service have been some of the most fulfilling years of my life. It has been an honor to work alongside my colleagues in both the State Assembly and the State Senate – institutions that I hold in the highest regard. But it’s time for me to move on,” Emmerson said in the statement.
Emmerson also made clear that he is perfectly healthy and that his health is not the reason for his resignation.
“I have always felt that one had to be passionate about their work. In these past few months, my passion has waned and my constituents deserve a Senator with the level of commitment that I once had,” stated Emmerson.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Emmerson is currently the vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. A member of the Joint Committee of the Legislative Budget, Emmerson is the chair of the California-European Trade Select Committee.
Before taking over as representative of the 23rd district last December, Emmerson served as the representative of the 63rd State Assembly district from 2004-2010 and the 37th State Senate district from 2010-2012.
Emmerson received a B.A. degree in history and political science from La Sierra University and a M.S. degree from the School of Dentistry of Loma Linda University.
Ruben Dominguez filed this report.