Lori Berman resigns from House—but not leaving till April

Lori Berman

Rep. Lori Berman, a Lantana Democrat, has turned in her resignation letter from the House of Representatives, but it won’t become effective till “11:59 p.m. on April 9.”

Berman, first elected to the House in 2010, is running in the special election for Senate District 31 to succeed Democrat Jeff Clemens, who resigned after his extramarital affair with a lobbyist was made public.

The special primary election will be held Jan. 30, with a special general election on April 10. The state’s “resign to run” law requires elected officials to quit the office they currently hold if the term of another state office they seek overlaps.

Former state Rep. Irv Slosberg has said he too will run for the open Senate seat. Other Democrats who have expressed an interest in the seat include state Rep. David Silvers and Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein.

The winner of the special election would serve the remainder of the term Clemens’ won last year, which runs through Election Day 2020.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected].


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