Democrats in the State Senate, already down 2-1 to Republicans, are now thinner by one. State Senator Steve Stoll of Festus is leaving the state senate early to become the city adminstrator of his home town. His departure means Democrats will start the session with only ten members. Republicans have 23 Senators. He would have been forced out of the senate by term limits in two more years anyway. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress this year but lost in the August primary. A special election will be held to replace him. Stoll’s resignation means only two members of the State Senate remain from the 20th century.