In the abrupt announcement posted on his website, the Redlands Republican called his nine years in the Legislature “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,” Emmerson said. “But it’s time for me to move on.”
Emmerson, who turned 68 Oct. 28, did not immediately return a message on the reason for his departure.
But in the statement, he said he has always felt one must be passionate about their work.
Emmerson represents the newly drawn 23rd District which covers parts of San Bernardino and Riverside County. Elected to the Assembly in 2004, Emmerson won a special election in Riverside County’s previous 37th District to replace John Benoit after Benoit resigned to take a seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Emerson easily won re-election last November in the redrawn 23rd Senate District
Capitol Alert reports: Among the potential candidates to replace Emmerson in the Republican-heavy district are Assemblymen Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks. Donnelly, a conservative firebrand, this week kicked off his nascent challenge of Brown.
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