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Sebastian Ridley-Thomas quits Assembly

"It has been a great honor to serve as a member of the California State Assembly for the past four years"

Chronic health issues force Ridley-Thomas to step down from California State Legislature

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislative Black Caucus announced Thursday, that fellow Caucus member and colleague Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, has resigned from the California State Legislature due to chronic health issues.

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Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, California Assemblymember 2013-2017. Official photo

“While it has been a great honor to serve as a member of the California State Assembly for the past four years, I have decided to resign from my post effective December 31, 2017,” Ridley-Thomas said. “The reason for this difficult decision is that I am facing persistent health issues. On December 18th, I underwent surgery for the fifth time this year. Although I expect a full recovery, my physicians advise that I will need an extended period of time to recuperate.”

“Sebastian’s service in the Caucus has been exemplary, and we are saddened to hear that he has resigned,” said Assemblymember Chris R. Holden, Assembly District 41, chair of the Caucus. “We will keep him in our prayers and wish him a speedy recovery and return to his public service.”

Ridley-Thomas, who is also terminating his re-election campaign, says he expects to re-enter public life.

The son of Mark Ridley-Thomas, the chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Sebastian’s 54th District included Culver City, Inglewood, Ladera Heights, and a portion of West Los Angeles, including Westwood. He was elected to the state Assembly in December 2013 and immersed himself with increasing access to high-quality public education, promoting the inclusion of minority businesses in private and public sector contracts, and promoting professional development and achievement for women.

The California State Legislature is the state legislature of California. It is a bicameral body consisting of the lower house, the California State Assembly, with 80 members, and the upper house, the California State Senate, with 40 members.

Ridley-Thomas is the fourth Southern California legislator to leave office in 2017. A special election to fill his seat will be held in 2018. Gov. Jerry Brown or the State Legislature must call for a special election within 14 days of the vacancy.

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