Rep. Mike Murphy will officially resign from 99th House District seat later on Tuesday as he gets set to take over as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.
The 67-year-old Republican from Springfield represents a district that includes the southwest half of Springfield and western Sangamon County.
Murphy, who won reelection running unopposed in 2020, said he wouldn't run against longtime ally Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville. They would have been put together in the newly-drawn 108th House District.
Murphy turned in his letter of resignation earlier Tuesday.
Murphy's replacement will have to be made by the Sangamon County Republican Party in the next 30 days, chairwoman Dianne Barghouti-Hardwick confirmed.
That guarantees Murphy's successor will be in by the start of the Jan. 4 start of the General Assembly.
Murphy had the option of saying, but he wanted to turn his energy toward his new position with the chamber.
"That's going to be more than a full-time job," said Murphy, reached Tuesday. "I owe it to the board of directors who put their faith in me to give them all my energy. Wednesday all my efforts will be focused on improving the business climate in the Springfield area.
"I feel both jobs need someone's 100% attention. I'm really excited about going to work at the Chamber and didn't want to be sidetracked by anything else."
Murphy's last official act as a state representative will be a financial aid seminar at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Murphy was named to the chamber post Nov. 2. He replaces Chris Hembrough, who announced on Aug. 17 that he was taking a new strategic and business development role with Peerless Cleaning & Restoration Services in Springfield.
Of the resignation, Murphy said it was emotional.
"It's been a wonderful three years (in the House)," said Murphy, the former owner of Charlie Parker's Diner. "It was the most fulfilling thing I've done professionally so far in my life. I worked with great staff and being able to do constituent services for people who needed help navigating government has been so rewarding.
"Being able to work on legislation. I'm very proud we got a capital bill that's going to benefit the 99th District and going to allow the rail to be relocated which is going to be transformational.
"I'm grateful for being able to do this."
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