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Fresno Democrat Perea Resigns From California Assembly

Rich Pedroncelli / File / AP

FILE - In this July 5, 2012 file photo, Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, speaks before the Assembly at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Perea announced Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, that he is resigning from the Assembly.

Rich Pedroncelli / File / AP

(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.