- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California lawmaker who led a group of moderate Democrats in the state Legislature says he is resigning from the state Assembly to pursue another job.

Assemblyman Henry Perea said Tuesday he’s resigning from his Fresno-area seat effective Dec. 31.

He says in a news release that he wants to pursue other career opportunities.

Perea’s district is dominated by oil and agriculture interests. He led a group of legislative Democrats this year in opposing a proposed mandate to cut the state’s oil consumption in half within 15 years.

The so-called “mod squad” prevailed and Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to remove the provision.

Two senators quit in 2013 to take lucrative lobbying positions - Democrat Michael Rubio for Chevron Corp. and Republican Bill Emmerson for the California Hospital Association.

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