Mississippi state Rep. Abe Hudson Jr. (D-29) resigned on Aug. 30.
“Serving in this capacity has been one of the highest honors and proudest accomplishments of my life,” Hudson said in a video he posted to Facebook. “I believe that my transition will allow both the Mississippi Delta and I to grow. Furthermore, it will allow someone with a fresh perspective to lead our area out of many of the challenges that we’ve aggressively started to address.”
Hudson was first elected to represent Mississippi’s 29th House District in a special election in 2016. He defeated Earl Lucas in a runoff election, 62.7% to 37.3%. Hudson ran unopposed in the 2019 general election.
If there is a vacancy in the Mississippi State Legislature, the governor must call for an election no later than 30 days after the vacancy occurs. The winner of the election will serve the remainder of Hudson’s four-year term, which was set to expire in January 2024.
So far in 2021, there have been 94 state legislative vacancies in 37 states. Three of those vacancies occurred in Mississippi.