With the sudden resignation of State Senator Michael Rubio as reported by the Sacramento Bee via the FlashReport below,
His decision means Senate Democrats will temporarily lose their supermajority, as two other Democratic seats are currently vacant. A special election will be held to fill his seat for the remainder of his term.
From the FlashReport:
This morning it was reported first by the Capitol Morning Report that Democrat State Senator Michael Rubio was resigning from the State Senate effective right way. It was then reported by the Sacramento Bee, in part;
State Sen. Michael Rubio resigns, will take job with Chevron
The East Bakersfield Democrat cited a desire to spend more time with his family in a statement released today, saying he “realized that my current professional path has left little opportunity to be home for those who are most important to me, which is why I am making a change.”
“My wife and I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, from whom we have learned a great deal,” he said. “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, who was elected to the state Senate in 2010, dropped plans to run for Congress in 2012 after his daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome. One of the upper house’s most moderate members, Rubio was leading a push to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act. He was named chair of the Environmental Quality Committee last year and has worked closely with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on drafting legislation for the upcoming session.