Alexandria lawmaker resigns from La. House
BATON ROUGE - An Alexandria state representative has stepped down from his elected position.
Rep. Herbert Dixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he resigned a day earlier. In a statement, Dixon said the decision was "to better manage my health situation, spend more time with family and pursue other opportunities."
Dixon had represented his district since 2008.
The resignation leaves vacant the chairmanship of the House labor committee.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley has called a special election for Feb. 21 to fill the state House seat, with a runoff on March 28 if needed.
Dixon was the second lawmaker to resign this month. Vermilion Parish Rep. Simone Champagne, a Republican, said her last day in the House will be Dec. 31. She's leaving to take a job as Youngsville's chief administrative officer.