ST. PETER - State Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL-St. Peter) announced Wednesday he is not returning to the Minnesota Legislature.
The House DFL Caucus received Morrow's letter explaining he has taken the position of legislative director with the Uniform Law Commission based in Chicago, Ill.
"I will not be returning to the Minnesota House of Representatives when it opens the 2013 session on January 8," Morrow told the Caucus.
Rep. Terry Morrow
Morrow won re-election to the House in November, but his letter said he was contacted by the ULC following the election.
Morrow said he would be working with the ULC on leading its legislative efforts across the U.S. and working with other countries on multinational legal issues.
"The ULC provides states with non-partisan, well drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to state statutory law," said Morrow. "This is an exciting opportunity for me to continue contributing to the public good in a new and challenging manner."
Morrow is an associated professor in Communications Studies and advisor in pre-law at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. He practiced law in California before developing an interest in education and communications studies. He was elected to the Legislature in 2006, representing District 23A, and was elected in the newly redrawn District 19A in November.
The Minnesota Secretary of State's office said the office will be filled by a special election. Gov. Mark Dayton, when he officially learns of the vacancy in the Legislature, will have until Jan. 12, 2013 to issue a writ for a special election, setting the date at that time.
District 19A includes Nicollet County and portions of LeSueur and Blue Earth County, including portions of Mankato and North Mankato.