UPDATED: State Rep. Deborah Ross, one of the most vocal Democrats in the legislature, will step down to take a job with Triangle Transit.
Ross will join the organization as the new general counsel June 17, according to a press release. Ross said that she would resign to take the post and supported former state Rep. Grier Martin to fill her place. Martin and Ross were double-bunked in the latest redistricting effort and Martin decided not to challenge Ross, a good friend. "At this point in my career, I believe I will be more effective serving the public outside of the legislative arena," she said in a statement.
Triangle Transit Chairman Fred Day said Ross brings "wealth of knowledge that will be of great assistance as the chief legal advisor to the board of trustees and the executive staff. She joins us at an important time as we work to expand local and regional bus service and to plan for light rail.”
In a statement, Ross said she was excited for the new opportunity. "I look forward to working to ensure the best transit options are available for all residents of our region, while contributing to economic development and positive growth," she said.
Ross is a six-term lawmaker and works with the law firm Styers, Kemerait & Mitchell. She also has been a senior lecturing fellow at the Duke Law School.
In an interview, Martin said he is interested in holding Ross' seat in the House, though he tried to convince her to stay. "Deborah will be impossible to replace," he said.