One of the Missouri Senate’s most visible Democrats is leaving the upper chamber for a new assignment.

On Friday, Gov. Mike Parson appointed Sen. Greg Razer, D-Kansas City, to serve on the State Tax Commission. He had filed to run for re-election for the 7th District State Senate seat last month but has now withdrawn from the race, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website.

Razer is the only openly gay member of the Missouri Senate and has regularly advocated for LGBTQ rights. He was a leading critic of bills signed into law last year that barred transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports and barred minors from receiving transgender medical treatments.

Razer will remain in the Missouri Senate until he’s officially confirmed by his fellow senators to take his seat on the State Tax Commission. However, there are just over four weeks left in the 2024 legislative session, leaving little time for Razer and other appointees by Parson to be approved by the upper chamber.

Senate confirmation of an earlier slate of gubernatorial nominees this year was delayed by the far-right leaning Freedom Caucus over demands that the Senate take up and pass legislation making it harder to amend the State Constitution. An agreement was reached in time and that earlier slate of nominees was confirmed.

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