Dunleavy Resigns from Legislature to Campaign for Governor

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - State senator Mike Dunleavy is resigning from the Alaska Legislature to focus on his campaign for governor.
The Wasilla Republican submitted a letter to senate majority leadership today.
Dunleavy had previously been a member of the majority, but he was ejected after refusing to vote for the caucus' budget.
Dunleavy recently restarted his campaign for governor after earlier suspending it over health concerns.
His resignation, which will be effective January 15th, will allow him to continue fundraising while the Legislature is in session.
Once Dunleavy's resignation is accepted, Senate Republicans will forward three candidates for a replacement to Governor Bill Walker.
When the governor makes his pick, the appointee will have to be confirmed by the Senate.
This year's legislative session is scheduled to begin in Juneau on January 16th.
Returning legislators will once again be grappling with a multi-billion dollar state revenue shortfall.