State Rep. Mele Carroll resigned abruptly from the House of Representatives due to health reasons Tuesday.
Carroll (D, Molokai-Lanai-Paia-Hana), who has cancer, said she made the decision after consulting with doctors and her husband. The resignation is effective Feb. 1.
The House, in a press release, said: “Complications from her previous cancer treatments have arisen in the recent months that now affect her quality of life and which may affect her ability to do her job. The time has come for her to address her health and spend quality time with her loved ones and closest friends.”
Carroll has served in the House since 2005 after then-Gov. Linda Lingle appointed her. She first won election in 2006. She won re-election to her fifth full, two-year term in November.
Gov. David Ige now has 60 calendar days to name a replacement from a list of three names to be submitted by the Democratic Party of Hawaii.
Wednesday is the opening day of the 2015 Legislature.