Jeff Stone to Join Trump Administration

Jeff Stone to Join Trump Administration

News Staff

Republican State Sen. Jeff Stone of La Quinta will vacate his seat to accept an appointment to a position in President Donald Trump’s administration, it was reported Thursday.

“I’m deeply honored to be appointed by the president,” Stone said in a statement reported by the Desert Sun. “The nation under President Trump is experiencing unprecedented economic growth that requires a highly trained and skilled workforce.”

Stone will serve under Secretary Eugene Scalia as Western Regional director in the Labor Department. A union critic, he will be responsible for overseeing workplace safety, wage laws, and employment data-gathering in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.

A special election will take place to elect his replacement. The governor must call for a special election within 14 days of the senate seat becoming vacant.