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Arizona State Rep. Phil Lovas resigns for federal job

PHOENIX — Arizona Rep. Phil Lovas has officially resigned his seat for a position with the federal government that will keep him in metro Phoenix.

Lovas (R-Peoria) announced earlier this week that he was accepting a job with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The chairman of the House Rules Committee formally notified Speaker J.D. Mesnard on Tuesday.

“It’s been an honor to represent Legislative District 22 in the Arizona House of Representatives these past five years,” Lovas wrote in a press release.

He has represented District 22, which includes Peoria, Sun City West and parts of Glendale and Surprise, since 2013.

Last year, Lovas headed the Arizona presidential campaign for Donald Trump, taking over when Arizona Treasure Jeff DeWit was promoted to Trump’s national campaign chief operating officer.

The resignation takes effect April 17.

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