Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke, 48, announced her resignation earlier this week in stating, “I feel it is of the utmost importance that I have the flexibility and ability to spend more time with my family.”
In the letter to her 62nd Assembly District constituents announcing her resignation, Burke wrote that the COVID-19 pandemic “has affected the lives and consciousness of everyone and I am no exception.”
“Serving as your representative has been a true privilege—one that I have taken seriously,” Burke (D-Marina del Rey), wrote. “This has been one of the hardest decisions of my life.”
She wrote that her hope was to finish out her term, which expires in December, “but circumstances have recently changed.”
She was elected in 2014, and re-elected three times.
Burke is the daughter of former Los Angeles County Supervisor, Assemblywoman and Rep. Yvonne Braithwaite Burke and William Burke, a former chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board.
Autumn Burke’s election marked the first time a mother and daughter have both served in the Assembly. Her mother was the first member of Congress to give birth while in office.
“I will continue to focus on lifting African-Americans by helping grow the Black voice throughout the entire political process,” Burke wrote.