Veteran lawmaker Sara Richardson Thomas (D-31) handed in her resignation letter to Speaker of the House Philip Gunn Friday.
Thomas, who represents parts of Bolivar, Humphreys, Sunflower and Washington counties, says after twenty-one years in office she believes it is time to hand the responsibility of leadership down to the next generation. She served most recently as Vice-Chair of the Tourism Committee and also sits on the Agriculture, Education and Ethics Committees.
In an impassioned letter, Thomas thanked the House for the opportunity to serve and gave her farewell remarks regarding the importance of public service.
The retired educator’s resignation is effective immediately.
In a statement, Speaker Philip Gunn said:
“I wish Rep. Thomas the best of luck in her retirement,” said Speaker Philip Gunn. “She is a good friend and a passionate legislator who will be missed at the Capitol.”
No word on when Governor Phil Bryant will set a special election to fill the vacancy.