Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke announced her resignation Monday because “I feel it is of the utmost importance that I have the flexibility and ability to spend more time with my family.”
In the letter to her 62nd Assembly District constituents announcing her resignation, Burke wrote that the COVID-19 pandemic “has affected the lives and consciousness of everyone and I am no exception.”
“Serving as your representative has been a true privilege — one that I have taken seriously,” Burke, D-Marina del Rey, wrote. “This has been one of the hardest decisions of my life.”
Burke wrote that her hope was to finish out her term, which expires in December, “but circumstances have recently changed.”
Burke’s resignation will become effective Tuesday. The 48-year-old is the mother of a daughter, Isabella, whose signature was next to her mother’s on the letter announcing her resignation.
Burke was elected in 2014, and reelected three times. She is chair of the Committee on Revenue and Taxation and the Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Building a 21st Century Workforce.
Burke is the daughter of former Los Angeles County Supervisor, Assemblywoman and Rep. Yvonne Braithwaite Burke and William Burke, a former chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board.
Autumn Burke’s election marked the first time a mother and daughter have both served in the Assembly.
Burke district consists of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, and the unincorporated communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont and Marina del Rey.