Republican State Sen. Matt Murphy announced his resignation from the Illinois General Assembly Friday. Murphy, who has been a close ally to Gov. Bruce Rauner, is leaving to become a contract lobbyist, the Chicago Tribune reports. He is expected to tenure his resignation Monday.
In an open letter published on his website, Murphy thanked his constituents and fellow lawmakers.
“I have particularly enjoyed getting to know and befriend people from every corner of our state, from both chambers and parties,” Murphy wrote. “I wish more people outside of the legislative process could see how well we get along personally, even when we disagree vehemently on policy, and also how many legislators really do care about our state and constituents.”
Murphy was elected to the state Senate in 2006 and ultimately became a GOP party leader, serving as the ranking Republican on the Senate Executive Committee. Murphy lost a bid to become the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2010. He was running alongside former GOP Chairman Andy McKenna.
Murphy specifically thanked fellow Senate Republicans in his letter Friday.
“To my Senate Republican colleagues and our incredible staff, thank you for your acceptance of me, your friendship, and your passion for seeing Illinois reach its vast potential,” Murphy wrote. “I will miss being one of you more than I hope I ever let you see.”
“I especially want to thank Leader Christine Radogno for your friendship and the trust you always put in me.”
The state senator’s resignation comes just weeks after Republican state Rep. Ron Sandack stepped down, citing “cyber security issues" after abruptly taking down his social media accounts.