State Rep. Diane St. Onge Resigns Seat
State Rep. Diane St. Onge (R-Ft. Wright) announced her resignation on Monday on the floor of the State House of Representatives.
The General Assembly is convened in Frankfort this week for a special session to address pension issues related to universities and quasi-government agencies, as ordered by Governor Matt Bevin.
After the House approved the proposed legislation by a vote of 51-46, with St. Onge among those supporting it, she announced that her recent marriage and opportunities out of state prompted her to step down.
A text message to St. Onge sent late Monday night was not immediately returned.
Multiple official legislative and state-oriented accounts, as well as those from members of the Frankfort press corps, confirmed that St. Onge announced her resignation.
A special election will be held, but details on that are not yet known.
She was first elected in 2012 to represent the 63rd district, which encompasses much of northwestern Kenton County and northeastern Boone County, and the cities of Ft. Wright, Ft. Mitchell, Villa Hills, and Crescent Springs.
St. Onge previously served on the Lakeside Park city council before winning the election to replace former State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington who had unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the Fourth Congressional District that year.
St. Onge won every two years since, including last November against Democratic challenger Josh Blair, whom she beat 60 to 40 percent.
Support for St. Onge was posted to Twitter.
"Thank you for your service (Diane St. Onge)," tweeted Ft. Wright Mayor Dave Hatter. "You've been a great friend to our district and to me personally. And it was great to have you as a resident in Fort Wright. I'll miss you but wish you the very best of luck in your next chapter."
"Honored to call (Diane St. Onge), the Lady from Fort Wright, my friend," tweeted Jon Park, chairman of the Fourth District Republican Party. "Congratulations on your wedding! We will miss you, but wish you well in your next chapter!"
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-Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Photo: St. Onge receives applause on the House floor on Monday (via Kentucky League of Cities)