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Leader of Legislature's moderate Democrats will resign to seek government relations job

Leader of Legislature's moderate Democrats will resign to seek government relations job

For the last five years, Assemblyman Henry T. Perea, the leader of an ascendant caucus of business-aligned Democrats in the Legislature, has been a central player in major California policy debates, ranging from water to climate change. On Tuesday, he abruptly took himself out of the fray.

Perea announced he will resign from the Legislature at the end of the year, nearly one year before his term was set to expire. The Fresno Democrat plans to take a government relations job that will keep him a presence at the Capitol, although he said he has not made a final decision about where he will land.

“It's a generational opportunity — one that was unexpected but is before...

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