Brandon Phelps set to resign as state representative

Longtime State Rep. Brandon Phelps is resigning from his seat in the 118th District, Massac County Democratic Chairman Jeff Stafford confirmed on Friday.

Phelps has held the seat since 2003.

Phelps released a statement Friday afternoon, saying his resignation was effective Friday, Sept. 1. 

“It has been my honor to serve the people of the 118th District as their state representative. I have worked to represent Southern Illinois to the best of my ability.

“Together in bipartisan manner, we worked to pass concealed carry, protect our state’s transportation funding, support our state’s agriculture, save 911 services, and expand the use of coal, oil and gas for our region. Since day one, I’ve given it everything I have, because our communities deserve a strong voice to speak up for our values and protect our way of life. Now in the interest of my personal health, it is my intention to step down effective today, Sept. 1.

“I want to thank all of those who worked alongside me, both in our communities and in our Capitol, as well as all my friends and loved ones. It has been my privilege to serve the people of the 118th District. My heart will always reside in Southern Illinois.”

Stafford said he is not sure what the process will be to replace Phelps. Usually county chairmen of the counties in the legislative district meet with candidates for the position, then vote on a replacement. Phelps’ district includes all or parts of Saline, Jackson, Union, Massac, Johnson, Alexander, Pulaski, Hamilton, Hardin and Gallatin counties. 

Phelps is chair of the public utilities committee. Other committee assignments include appropriations-higher education, energy (vice chair), environment and environmental regulations subcommittee, health care licenses, labor and commerce, and unemployment insurance subcommittee.

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