OROVILLE, Calif. - Northstate State Senator Doug LaMalfa will resign from the State Senate at the end of Friday's session. LaMalfa will leave office and focus on his race for Congress in November.
In a news release, LaMalfa said his resignation will allow the special primary election to fill his seat to be consolidated with the November General Election, saving taxpayers an estimated $2 million.
LaMalfa is running to fill the 1st District Congressional Seat being vacated by longtime Republican congressman, Rep. Wally Herger.
"With the 2012 session now over, most of the State Senate's business for the year is done. I've thrown my hat over the fence and am taking nothing for granted in my campaign for Congress, but I do not feel it would be right to wait until the end of the year to resign from the Senate," said LaMalfa. "Resigning now gives the Governor the ability to consolidate elections, saving local counties and taxpayers at least $2 million."
LaMalfa said he will be giving up his salary and benefits early. LaMalfa owns a rice farm in Richvale in Butte County.
"I met with the Governor and he told me he will move quickly to consolidate the elections. I have also been assured by the Senate President Pro Tem that our district offices will remain open and fully functioning in the interim, so that our constituents will continue to have a place to go to receive assistance with state issues."
LaMalfa is halfway through his four-year term in the State Senate. Northstate Assemblyman Jim Nielsen previously announced he will seek LaMalfa's old seat in the 4th State Senate District.
The State Senate 4th District encompasses 12 counties including: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba Counties.