Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) will resign from the House of Representatives:
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) will resign from Congress next February to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, she announced on Monday.The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is based in Arlington, VA. Here's how NRECA is described on the group's "About" page:
NRECA is the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives and public power districts providing retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states and whose retail sales account for approximately 12 percent of total electricity sales in the United States.Southeast Missouri Times reported:
Her replacement will be selected by the Republican and Democrat 8th district committees with their nominees to face off in a special election sometime in 2013.Presumably potential candidates have already begun lobbying the committeemen and women of Missouri's 8th CD. One potential conservative candidate in the 8th is State Senator Jason Crowell (R-MO). Crowell released a statement on Tuesday indicating that he was surprised with Emerson's departure and that he's considering a run:
At this time I have no idea about my future plans, but I am humbled and honored by the confidence so many have shown me.