State Rep. Pam Roth (R-Morris) announced Wednesday that she will soon be resigning from the Illinois General Assembly.
Roth, who was one of 22 legislators that turned down state-subsidized pension benefits, plans to relocate to Texas because her husband has been transferred by his job.
Roth plans to formerly tender her resignation by summer’s end:
To My Constituents,
It is with a very
heavy heart that I must announce my intentions to resign as your State
Representative by the end of this summer. My family has been offered a
wonderful opportunity in the form of an employment transfer for my
husband that is simply too good to pass up. Unfortunately that job
opportunity will take my husband far outside of Illinois.
of my boys just entering high school and my youngest son still in
junior high, my husband and I must put their best interests first. The
demands of Springfield and the distance of my husband’s new job would
leave our children without either parent for far too long. After much
discussion we decided that it would be best for our family to accept my
husband’s employment transfer, which will require us to move to Texas.
have had the opportunity to meet some of the best people from all over
Illinois that dedicate their lives to helping better our communities. I
know that at times it seems like nothing is getting accomplished in our
State, but there are some truly great people working very hard to turn
Illinois around. I regret that I will no longer be around to aid them
in their endeavors.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me
over the past three years. I will always hold a special place in my
heart for the people of the 75th District; serving as your
State Representative has been one of the most rewarding and humbling
experiences of my life and I will miss it immensely.
Yours in Service,
State Representative – District 75
Roth was appointed to replace Sue Rezin as representative of the rural district in January 2011. She was re-elected
in 2012 with 62.6 percent of the vote, beating Democratic challenger and
former teacher Jeremy Ly.
Her announcement came on the same day as Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to suspend Illinois lawmakers’ pay until comprehensive pension reform legislation is passed in Springfield.