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GOP State Sen. Brower To Resign Reno-Area Seat This Month

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Greg Brower is formally resigning his northern Nevada seat after announcing months ago that he wouldn't seek re-election.

Brower submitted a letter to Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday, saying he was resigning the post effective Feb. 20. Senate Republican Caucus spokeswoman Jodi Stephens says Brower is accepting a Washington D.C.-based appointment in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Brower served as the U.S. Attorney for Nevada for two years before he was appointed to the state Senate in 2011.

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The race for his Washoe County seat is one of the three most-watched in the state Senate, which leans Republican by a narrow 11-10 margin. Republican leaders have endorsed former Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert for the post, while Democrats have endorsed Reno attorney Devon Reese.