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Florida Senate President to resign in November

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Posted at 11:00 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 07:28:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Senate President Joe Negron says that he is resigning early, according to a letter he sent to Governor Rick Scott Wednesday. 

In the letter, Sen. Negron, R-Stuart, writes that he will resign on November 6, 2018, the same day that his term as Senate President ends.

"Like you, I have always been a strong supporter of term limits," Sen. Negron states. "The additional two years of my final term were added only through the vagaries of reapportionment litigation." 

The districts were renumbered in 2016 and all Senate seats were up for vote.

Twenty Senate districts were assigned odd numbers and 20 were assigned even numbers. Senators assigned to odd numbers are not up for a vote until 2020 while senators in even-numbered districts are up for a vote in 2018.

Senate President Negron was elected to a four year term since he resides in district 25. Previously, he resided in an even district, District 32.

"My goal is to afford as much notice as possible to allow the next State Senator from District 25 to be elected in the regular 2018 primary and general election cycle without the necessity of a special election," Negron wrote in the letter.

If there is to be a special election for his seat, Sen. Negron has asked that the special primary and special general elections coincide with the regular primary and general elections.