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Senate Minority Leader Quinton Ross resigns to accept position as ASU president

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Sen. Quinton Ross resigned from his seat Monday, allowing him to take over as the president of Alabama State University.

Ross was the Senate minority leader, and well respected on both sides of the aisle.

During a news conference, Ross thanked his fellow lawmakers, God and the governor among others for his time in office.

The resignation ends 15 years as a state senator for Ross. Until his seat is filled, Democrats will only control seven seats in the state Senate.

“You know we’ve played the numbers game all along and we have been quite effective at that so we just have to pick up a few on the other side who have some feeling about the issue as we do,” Ross said. “It’s about the coalitions you build with individuals regardless of their political affiliation is that you can still make an impact on the process.”

Gov. Kay Ivey called a special election to fill the vacant seat. A primary will take place on Dec. 12. If no runoff is needed, the general election will occur on Feb. 27. If a primary is needed, the runoff will occur on the 27th, and the general election in May.

Montgomery House Rep. John Knight confirmed he will run for the seat.

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