Matt Trieber, a Democrat House member from Rockingham, has resigned from the House of Representatives, saying his commitment to the disabled students he assists as a state employee has made a required work leave of absence unacceptable.
"I work as a counselor for high school students with disabilities. I take great pride in the on-the-ground work of interacting with my students and helping them to take steps to achieve their dreams," he told his fellow House members. "This year, when looking at how long service in this body would require being away from my students, essentially missing out on helping an entire class, I had to make the difficult decision to leave this body." Trieber, who lives in Bellows Falls, said he started working for the state full-time last summer, and the state requires that while state employees can be elected to the Legislature and serve, they must take an unpaid leave of absence for the legislative session.
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