The Iowa House of Representatives is losing its Minority Leader.
Democrat Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday he is resigning his public office to take a job with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.
McCarthy released a statement that expressed a desire to return to a “more normal pace of life.”
“I have realized there can be much more to life than spending most of one’s time fundraising and riding the political roller coaster, I will deeply miss the people I serve and work with and the policy issues I have worked on. I will not miss the ever-constant political fundraising that dominates most of my time,” says McCarthy.
McCarthy previously worked for the Iowa Attorney General’s Office from 1994 to 2001 and has also spent time working in the Polk County Attorney’s Office.
The duties McCarthy will concentrate on for the Attorney General’s Office are related to mental illness and how it impacts the criminal justice system, consumer protection for military members, and financial exploitation of senior Iowans.
McCarthy says his final day in office will be August 15th. He will begin the job with the Attorney General’s Office August 16th.