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Senator to leave for State Department appointment

Jack Jackson, Jr. (File photo)

Sen. Jack Jackson, Jr. has accepted a White House appointment to serve as advisor and liaison for the U.S. State Department.

He will resign from the Arizona Senate on July 12.

The Window Rock Democrat announced his Monday that he will serve as a senior advisor for Native American Affairs, serving as a consultant with Indian nations and native Hawaiian organizations on environmental issues, a new position within the State Department.

The job will soon require a move to Washington, D.C., leaving a vacancy in the Arizona Senate. (Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, will also soon resign his post after accepting an appointment to head Wyoming’s Department of Education, leaving another vacant seat in the Senate).

“Although my husband and I are saddened to leave behind the beloved state in which we both grew up, I am excited to embrace the challenges this new position in the U.S. State Department presents,” Jackson said in a statement. “My appointment is an incredible honor and an immense responsibility that I will undertake with the same passion I have given representing my home district in the Arizona Legislature.”

Jackson first served in the Arizona Legislature in 2003, when he was elected to the House of Representatives while his father, Jack Jackson, Sr., served in the Senate.

After one term in the House, he left and then returned to the Capitol in 2011, this time as a state senator.

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