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Michael Rubio Resigns From State Senate

Feb 22, 2013

State Senator Michael J. Rubio (D-Shafter)
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

State Senator Michael Rubio, D-Shafter, has resigned, effective immediately, from his position in the California State Senate. He will become the manager of California government affairs for Chevron Corporation.

In a news release, Rubio said his decision was motivated by the need to prioritize family. He said he has missed, “too many family dinners, bedtime stories and parent-teacher conferences.”  Last year, he decided not to run for the United States Congress in order to spend time with his family, including a daughter with Down syndrome.

“Our youngest child, who has special needs, has given me great perspective as to life’s priorities and our eldest daughter has reminded me that the most critical decisions are made at home and not under the Capitol dome,” Rubio said.

Rubio said the career change would allow him to spend more time close to home.

“I look forward to transitioning into a career that will allow me to seize a generational opportunity and work for a respected California company with deep roots in Kern County near the very oil fields where I was born,” Rubio said.