SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Republican Ron Stephens is resigning from the Illinois House seat he's held for 27 years.
Stephens has been the senior GOP member of the House. The Greenville Republican says he's stepping down for personal reasons.
Stephens has represented the 102nd House District, which covers all or parts of Bond, Clinton, Madison, St. Clair, Effingham, Fayette and Shelby counties. His term would have expired in January 2013.
His resignation means that Republican Party chairmen in his district will pick someone to serve the remainder of Stephens' term.
Stephens released a statement Tuesday morning:
“I am resigning my position as State Representative of the 102nd District effective today. While it was a very difficult decision to make, I have chosen to step down for personal reasons, and look forward to spending more time with my family. My only regret is not being able to finish out my term. I have served this area proudly for many years and I am genuinely grateful for the support and confidence given to me by my constituents and friends. Until a replacement is named, my district office will remain open and will continue to operate normal business hours.”