Emerson considers retiring from U.S. House sooner than planned

Dec 17, 2012

Missouri congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson may end up resigning her U.S. House seat earlier than originally planned.

Emerson issued a statement Friday suggesting she may move up her February 8th resignation date if doing so would allow enough time to set a special election for April 2nd to choose her replacement. So far, Governor Jay Nixon has not indicated when he would schedule the election in Missouri's 8th Congressional District.

Emerson announced earlier this month that she will be leaving the U.S. House to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The Republican from Cape Girardeau has served in Congress since 1996, when she was elected to succeed her late husband, Representative Bill Emerson.