U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-District 8) is retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives. She will step down in February 2013. Emerson is taking the job of President and Chief Executive Officer at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
In a release on her Congressional website, Emerson stated, "The people of Southern Missouri have entrusted their voice in Congress to me for 16 years. Serving them is a humbling experience, a great honor and a welcome challenge. Our congressional district is big, it is diverse, and it demands practical representation by someone who places us and our home ahead of politics and partisanship. The people of our district demand results, they want us to work together, and they have every right to a representative who works as hard as they do. Every day in Congress, that is my goal.”
"I am going to miss the constituents I work with every day, the thousands of small business owners, compassionate families, community leaders, students and servicemembers who define the character of Southern Missouri. My respect for them is boundless, and I will never forget the wonderful friendships I have gained through my service in Congress.”
Emerson was just re-elected to her tenth term in Congress in November. Her replacement will be selected by the Republican and Democrat 8th district committees, and those nominees will face off in a special election. The date of that election has not been set.
Speculation has already begun regarding potential candidates for the open seat. The Missouri Credit Union Association is monitoring the situation closely and will work with credit unions with members in District 8 on the special election and candidates. The 8th Congressional District stretches from Jefferson County in the St. Louis region to Rolla, West Plains, Poplar Bluff and the Missouri bootheel.