Re-elected just a month ago:Emerson unexpectedly resigns her Missouri congressional seat“Our district has earned its reputation for commonsense above all else, and I will leave Congress in February with a heavy heart,” she said in a statement.Emerson is considered one of the most moderate members of the Republican caucus. Her departure reflects the continued polarization of the House, some observers said.“This is not a comfortable body any more for people like Jo Ann Emerson,” said Norm Ornstein, a political scholar with the American Enterprise Institute. “So leaving for a good job outside Congress is a logical, if depressing, step.”http://www.kansascity.com/2012/12/03/3946723/emerson-unexpec...
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