Congresswoman-elect Jennifer Wexton has submitted her letter of resignation to the state senate, setting the timeline for finding a replacement.
In a letter to Sen. Stephen Newman (R-23), president pro tempore of the senate, Wexton said her resignation is effective immediately upon her swearing-in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3.
Last year, the General Assembly technically never adjourned, instead continuing the special session. Under state law, during a session, the president pro tempore of the Senate must order an election if a senator resigns.
Wexton’s chief of staff Abby Carter said discussions are ongoing, with no concrete date set yet.
If the 33rd Senate District is to have representation when the next General Assembly regular session begins, that person must be installed before it starts at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9. Leaving that seat vacant would also put Democrats down another vote in the Senate, which is divided with 21 Republicans and 19 Democrats.
Already, three Democrats have lined up for their party’s firehouse primary: Del. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-86), community activist Charlotte McConnell, and newspaper editor and consultant Sharafat Hussain. That primary is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be run by the party rather than the state. No Republicans have yet announced an intention to run for the seat.