Democrat Representative Ruth Richardson announced via X (former Twitter) last night that she was resigning her legislative seat "effective immediately." There's no public explanation as of the writing of this article, but Richardson made headlines when unions withdrew their support of her in the previous legislative session.
The Legislature is losing a rubber stamp for the hard left policies of the Metro Democrats. Richardson voted for the tax increases, spending the surplus, abortion after birth and genital mutilation surgery for minors.
Richardson represents a district that generally leans Democrat, but has the potential in a Special Election to swing the other way. According to Minnesota State Statute, the Governor has a lot of flexibility in when he calls for a Special Election to fill the vacant position as long as the newly elected representative takes office before the next session, due to start on February 12th of 2024.