Utah's only openly gay state senator, Democrat Scott McCoy, has told the Deseret News he is resigning.
"It's just a work thing," McCoy said Tuesday. "If I want to be a partner in my law firm and have a robust legal career, I have to be a lawyer rather than a politician."
McCoy said his resignation will be effective as of Friday. He would have been up for reelection from his Salt Lake City district next year.
McCoy is a lawyer specializing in federal securities and antitrust litigation with the Salt Lake office of Howrey LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that employs 750 lawyers worldwide.
His successor will be chosen by Democratic delegates in District 2. McCoy said he is aware of three candidates seeking the position: Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake; Ben McAdams, a senior adviser to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker; and Salt Lake County Democratic Party Chairman Weston Clark.
First, he must have been telling people he was planning on resigning, since he knows of three people interested in the position.
Second, Rep Chavez-Houck first got her seat when Ralph Becker resigned after being elected Mayor in 2007.