I knew it was too good to last. The Fresno Bee is reporting that my home state of California is losing its Democratic supermajority because Sen. Michael Rubio (D-Shafter) is immediately resigning his seat in the state Senate.
Rubio's reason is the one we usually hear, but in this case, it seems to be genuine: He wants to spend more time with his family.
The news came as a complete surprise in the Capitol community. Most notably, it removes the Democratic supermajority in the statehouse before the party's legislators ever got a chance to flex their newly won political muscles... While Democrats are no doubt favorites to ultimately retain enough seats to resume their supermajority status, the temporary drop in power ends talk of any immediate actions on issues ranging from taxes to urgency measures and beyond.
More details at the link. Meantime, here is Rubio's full statement, via his website:
As many of you know, a little over a year ago I decided not to run for the United States Congress to meet the needs of my growing family.
My time serving since then has been a blessing, but it has also been a challenge. I have missed too many family dinners, bedtime stories and parent-teacher conferences.
My wife and I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, from whom we have learned a great deal. 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.
I have 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.
Effective today, I am stepping away from my current position and resigning from the California State Senate.
As for what’s next, I have officially accepted a position with Chevron Corporation to serve as manager of California government affairs. I look forward to transitioning into a career that will allow me to seize a generational opportunity and work for a respected California company with deep roots in Kern County near the very oil fields where I was born.
I am truly grateful for the rare opportunity to serve and the support I have been given. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.
In my absence, Senate staff will remain in the district and Capitol offices to respond to the needs of residents of the 16th State Senate District--as they have always done.