Courtesy of Sen. Bill Emmerson's office
Senator Emmerson working on the Senate Floor during the final weeks of the legislative session.
Republican Sen. Bill Emmerson — whose 23rd Senate District covers portions of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties — is resigning in midterm on Dec. 1, citing his waning enthusiasm for a job he has held since 2010.
The 68-year-old Emmerson has represented his Southern California district in the Assembly and state Senate since 2004. He was set to be termed out in 2016.
On his website, Emmerson released a statement that said "it's time for me to move on."
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.
My health is perfect and I leave with the satisfaction that I worked hard and did my very best.
Emmerson was one of the Republicans who agreed to negotiate on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to ask voters to extend taxes on income, vehicles and sale to help balance the budget, according to The Press Enterprise. He also co-authored Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reduce state prison crowding, writes the publication.
State Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) issued a statement Saturday saying he was "saddened" to learn of Emmerson's decision, but added that "I understand and support him 100 percent." Huff said Emmerson's "thoughtful approach to policy making will be greatly missed."