Amid the midnight press releases lauding the governor signing his $27.66 billion budget in law with minutes to spare was another noting an early resignation.
Republican state Sen. John Pippy of Moon, who did not file for re-election this year, officially resigned from his seat at 11:59 p.m.
He couldn't be located after this evening's late-night action, but another GOP senator said Pippy received a job offer that prompted his early departure.
His exit creates a second open seat in the state Senate. Former Republican Sen. Jane Orie of McCandless resigned in May, prior to her sentencing on 14 criminal counts.
The full release is below:
Harrisburg – State Sen. John Pippy (R-37) formally resigned from the Pennsylvania Senate, effective Saturday at 11:59 p.m.
The senator announced in January that he would not be seeking another term in office.
Senator Pippy wrote the following in his letter to Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley: “The last nine years in the Senate have been the most meaningful experience I have had in my professional career. My Republican and Democrat colleagues in the Senate have become lifetime friends and I am humbled to have had the honor to work in this ornate Capitol and especially this chamber.”
The senator added: “I would be remiss if I did not mention the hundreds, if not thousands, of outstanding relationships that I have been fortunate to forge with the residents of the 37th Senatorial District. The support I received on a daily basis from my constituents has been both meaningful and lasting.”
“The Senate of Pennsylvania is a special place. I am a deeply thankful for being a small part of it,” he concluded.