State Rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris, will be resigning by the end of the summer due to a her family having to relocate to Texas.
"Sometimes you have to take time to look out for yourself and your family," said Roth during an "emotional ride" as she drove home from Springfield Wednesday morning.
Roth announced Wednesday "with a heavy heart" that she will resign from her position sometime this summer. Her husband, Steve Roth, has received a job opportunity that will take the family to the area of Houston, Texas.
"With one 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," she said in her press release. "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."
Roth said she has not chosen a resignation date yet because the timing of her move will depend on how long it takes to sell her house, and she wants to be a part of the process to choose her replacement.
"Ideally the person who will be appointed will be in place sometime in August. I want to be a part of that process," she said Wednesday morning. "The people elected Pam Roth, so I want it to be somebody who embodies all that I embody."
Roth has been a representative for the 75th District for almost three years. She was selected at the end of 2010 to fill the two-year House term opening created after Sue Rezin, R-Morris, was appointed to replace State Senator Gary Dahl, who retired.
"She made some incredible accomplishments and is well respected in the Senate and House," said Rezin. "She is leaving a legacy in her short year,s and she will be missed."
She has a little less than a year and a half left in her term, which will be filled by an appointed person.
The 75th District includes parts of four counties: Grundy, Kendall, La Salle and Will. The chairpersons of the counties' Republican Central Committees will do interviews with interested candidates and then will vote. The votes are weighted based on which county had the highest percentage of voters in the last election, which was Grundy, said Michael Mattingly, chairman of the Grundy committee.
Roth believes her political career will end in Illinois and doesn't intend to get involved in politics in Texas. She stepped up here because she wanted to make a difference in her state that is suffering major financial troubles. In Texas, she said, they have an amazing economy she only wishes she could replicate in Illinois.
"If we continue to put the same people in there over and over we're going to continue to get the same results," said Roth. "We need to rebirth our state again."
Roth said it is a disappointment the state has failed to yet reach pension reform , but she is proud of the legalization of concealed carry that went through just Tuesday.
And although the state's budget woes are still evident, she is proud of the hard work she and her fellow legislators have put into the process with the appropriations committee.
"I have had the opportunity to meet some of the best people from all over Illinois that dedicate their lives to helping better our communities," she said in her release. "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.
"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."