KC woman, 81, to resign from legislature

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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.

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