Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) will resign from Congress next February to become president and chief executive of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, she announced Monday. 

“I am not leaving Congress because I have lost my heart for service — to the contrary, I see a new way to serve. I did not go seeking this opportunity, but I am excited about the new challenge it offers to find ways to promote strong rural policy,” Emerson said in a statement. 

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