JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Democratic state senator from Kansas City is resigning her seat in the Missouri Legislature at the end of this year.
Eighty-one-year-old Sen. Yvonne Wilson says she's retiring to spend more time at home and believes it's time to step aside and let a younger person serve. She submitted her resignation letter to Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday.
Wilson was first elected to the state Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Before that she served in the Missouri House after winning a special election in 1999.
Before entering the legislature, Wilson spent 35 years as a teacher and administrator in Kansas City.
In a statement, Nixon praised Wilson for leadership on education and mental health issues.