The Missouri House is losing another member.
Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Rep. Ed Wildberger, D-St. Joseph, to be the recorder of deeds for Buchanan County. Nixon's office announced in a press release that the term-limited lawmaker resigned his seat in the General Assembly to the take position.
“I thank Gov. Nixon for giving me this new opportunity to serve the people of the county I have always called my home,” Wildberger said in statement. “I appreciate being able to work closely with the Governor during my time in the House and his time as Governor and as Attorney General, and I pledge to serve the people of Buchanan County to the best of my ability as their new recorder.”
Wildberger unsuccessfully challenged House Minority Leader Paul LeVota, D-Independence, for his position after the 2008 election cycle. He was seen as possible candidate for a state Senate seat in Buchanan and Platte counties, but deferred to state Rep. Martin Rucker, D-St. Joseph.
So far, four state lawmakers have left the Missouri House since the legislature adjourned. Former Democratic Reps. Steve Brown and T.D. El-Amin departed after pleading guilty to federal charges. Former Rep. Dennis Wood left to take a position in Stone County.
Nixon set the election for Wildberger's replacement for Feb. 4, 2010.