State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, announced on the weeked that he has resigned as state representative of the 111th Legislative District, which covers much of Metro East.
The decision was effective Sunday. He cited his family as his reason.
“Serving our Metro East community has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people to help improve our communities and I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together,” he said in a released statement.
“Throughout my time in office, I’ve been both guided and strengthened by the values that our families hold dear, which is why I’ve worked to bring Republicans and Democrats together to address significant issues such as job creation, education funding, providing relief for rising utilities costs, fighting against the opioid epidemic and passing concealed carry in Illinois. I’ve worked hard to give back to the communities that have given so much to me. As I announced earlier this year that I would not be seeking re-election and in the interest of spending more time with my wife, Terri, my children and grandchildren, I have decided to step down effective today, Dec. 17.
“I am thankful for all those that I have had the privilege of working with over the years, as well as my friends and family who have always supported me. Ithas been my privilege to serve the people of the 111th District.”
Beiser had served as state representative since 2004. He had announced months ago that he was not going to seek re-election, but his term was supposed to be complete in December 2018.
At least two candidates are seeking the office in the next election. Mike Babcock, the Wood River Township supervisor will run as a Republican, and Monica Bristow, the former head of the River Bend Growth Association, as a Democrat.
It was not clear Sunday who would complete Beiser’s term in office. According to the Illinois Constitution, state legislative vacancies are filled by the political party of the last incumbent..