State Rep. Jennifer DeChant, D-Bath, is resigning from the Legislature to take a position with a telecommunications and media company.

Legislative staffer Katie Walsh said DeChant is headed to Charter Communications. The company, which also operates as Spectrum, employs 780 people in Maine.

DeChant, who has represented House District 52 since 2012, called the decision “extremely difficult,” but the best for her family.

“This new role makes it impossible to continue to fulfill my responsibilities as State Representative of HD52,” DeChant said in a news release Thursday. “Since I cannot continue to serve what would be my last term due to term limits, I must resign my seat effective Feb. 1, 2019.

DeChant was first elected to the legislature in 2012 and has been reelected to three consecutive two-year terms. She was elected to her fourth term in November with more than 70 percent of the vote.

“I remain deeply grateful for the support of the people of Bath who made this experience one to treasure,” she said. “While I remain committed to public service, right now it is time to focus on this transition.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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