California Democrats lose supermajority
February 26, 2013
A senator’s announcement Friday that he would immediately resign his seat in the state Senate removes the Democratic supermajority in the statehouse before the party’s legislators had a chance to flex their newly won political muscles. [ABC]
In his announcement, Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Shafter cited the need to spend time with his family in a statement announcing his resignation. His said he plans to accept a government relations job with Chevron.
“My wife and I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, from whom we have learned a great deal,” said Rubio in a written statement. “Our youngest child, who has special needs, has given me great perspective as to life’s priorities and our eldest has reminded me that the most critical decisions are made at home and not under the Capitol dome.”
Rubio’s resignation leaves three vacancies in the Legislature’s upper house, all Democrats who have left their elected posts early. That leaves only 26 Democrats, one short of the supermajority.