The San Diego Democrat, who was appointed to the board by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg late last year, submitted her letter of resignation to the Senate Rules Committee on Aug. 29. Her resignation is effective at midnight tonight, Chief Administrative Law Judge Alberto Roldan confirmed today.
Ducheny, one of five former legislators receiving salaries of $128,000 a year to serve on the board, is widely expected to run for the vacant 51st Congressional District. Her likely rival for the seat, Democratic Sen. Juan Vargas, also of San Diego, took aim at the commission and its members yesterday, announcing plans to push legislation to dissolve the board. He characterized the commission as a landing spot for "termed out, drunk-driving legislators" in a release, citing Ducheny's 2000 drunken driving arrest and a more recent incident involving former GOP Sen. Roy Ashburn, who recently won Senate confirmation to the board.
Ducheny has not responded to a request for comment on her decision to step down.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego, at a May 2009 hearing at the Capitol. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee.