Michigan lawmaker resigns seat after becoming party leader

LANSING, MI (AP) – Rep. Brandon Dillon of Grand Rapids is stepping down from the Michigan House after being elected chairman of the state Democratic Party.

State Rep. Dillon made the announcement Monday, two days after Democrats chose him to succeed chairman Lon Johnson. Dillon’s resignation from the Democratic-heavy 75th District is effective Aug. 3.

“After much thought and conversation with my family, I have made the decision to step down as the state representative for the 75th Michigan House District, effective Monday, Aug. 3. The next few weeks will ensure a smooth transition, as the people of Grand Rapids will continue to be served by my staff even after my departure,” said State Rep. Brandon Dillon (D – Grand Rapids).

“I look forward to the next chapter in my career and I have no doubt that the next representative for the 75th District will work for the families of Michigan and represent Grand Rapids well.”

State Rep. Dillon couldn’t have run again for the House in 2016 under term limits. He says he looks forward to his career’s next chapter and has “no doubt” his successor will serve the district well.

Michigan’s constitution gives Gov. Rick Snyder the authority to schedule special elections to fill the seat. Spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says Snyder will ensure the district has representation and find a “solution that works best for the district and its constituents while also saving communities and taxpayers money.”

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