ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A power player at Minnesota’s Capitol is resigning her House seat to take a job at a lobbying firm, where she’ll keep a focus on tax and local government policy.

Democratic Rep. Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington says she’ll leave next month and join the Lockridge, Grindal, Nauen firm. Her decision will result in a special election for a suburban seat she held for nine terms.

READ MORE: Shoplifter Shoots St. Paul Liquor Store Worker Twice, Police Say

When Democrats held the House majority, she was the chairwoman of the Tax Committee and has been the lead House Democrat on that panel for many more years.

READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Next Dose Of Snow Could Make For Commute Headaches

Minority Leader Paul Thissen says her departure “leaves a huge hole in the Legislature.”

The 55-year-old says she’s ready for a new career challenge now that the youngest of her four children is off to college.

MORE NEWS: Archambault Lifts Coyotes Over Tommies 90-79

(© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)