Missouri Republican Emerson leaving Congress in February

Missouri Republican Emerson leaving Congress in February

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WASHINGTON - MAY 20: Ranking Member Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) questions Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag during a House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing as Chairman Rep. Jos� Serrano (D-NY) listens on May 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Orszag was talking about the OMB's own funding and budget. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jos� Serrano;Jo Ann Emerson

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 3:01 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republican U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri says she is leaving Congress in February to become president and CEO for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

 

Emerson announced the plans Monday, just weeks after she won re-election to the southeastern Missouri district.

An Emerson has represented the district since 1981. The 62-year-old Emerson first took office in 1996, replacing her husband, longtime Republican congressman Bill Emerson, after he died of lung cancer in June 1996. She won re-election in November.

 

 

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