Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson says her decision Monday to retire from the U-S House after 16 years of service was not due to a lack of heart but rather seeing a new way to serve. The 62-year-old Republican will end her run in Congress in February to take over as President and CEO of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Emerson was just elected to her 9th term in the 8th Congressional District last month. She tells KZIM KSIM she never sought this new position but is excited about the new challenge. Emerson will be the head of an 800-employee not-for-profit group. She will leave her seat February 8th and begin at the Co-Op on the 11th. Emerson was the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress in Missouri history, succeeding her deceased husband Bill in 1996.
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