Southeast Missourian has reported that Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson announced that she will resign from the House of Representatives at the end of February. Congresswoman Emerson has been an outspoken proponent of 6-day delivery and keeping rural post offices open.
She served as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government in the 212th Congress. In that position she was responsible for keeping the language that requires the Postal Service to provide 6-days of delivery in the Appropriations bill for Financial Services and General Government that passed the full Appropriations Committee.
Besides her influence on postal issues in the Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Emerson was a member of the Congressional Rural Caucus which has focused on limiting the impact of Postal Service reform on rural communities. Republican members of the Rural Caucus have been outspoken in their criticism of the reform approach promoted by Cogressman Darrell Issa.
Congresswoman Emerson will become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a not-for-profit organization that represents rural electric cooperatives and public power districts.