State Rep. Eli Evankovich announced Monday afternoon plans to step down at the end of the summer to take a position with a manufacturing firm.
“As the chairman of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus, I heard untold stories and challenges that manufacturers right here in Pennsylvania endure. By bringing their stories to Harrisburg, I believe we have made a difference,” he said in an official statement.
Evankovich did not name the company that hired him, saying only that it is headquartered in western Pennsylvania and that his starting date is in August.
He said running for office was never about obtaining a career position in the Legislature, and that he will spend the next month on “unfinished work” locally and in Harrisburg.
The four-term Republican lawmaker represents the 54th district that includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. He already had announced in December 2016 that he would not seek a fifth term.