— MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (AP) — Republican state Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery is resigning from the Alabama House effective Aug. 1 to pursue business opportunities and to promote education reforms.
Love announced his resignation Wednesday.
He is the chairman of the House Ways and Means-Education committee that prepares the state education budget.
Love's successor will be chosen in a special election to be called by Gov. Robert Bentley. Bentley has not yet set a date for the special election. When Love's resignation becomes effective, Republicans will have a 65-38 advantage in the House with one independent and one vacancy.
Love is a Montgomery businessman. He says his resignation will allow him to work on education reforms "from the private sector" while spending more time with his family and pursuing new business opportunities.