BISMARCK - A western North Dakota Republican state lawmaker announced his intent to resign Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Rep. Bill Oliver, R-New Town, told Republican leadership in a letter he would resign Oct. 30 because "my life situation has changed and I feel I cannot represent my constituents with the zeal necessary." He declined to elaborate when reached by phone.

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House Minority Leader Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, shared news of Oliver's resignation on Facebook, where he said Oliver and his new wife have been "enjoying their lives together in Thief River Falls," Minn.

Oliver was in his first term in the Legislature after helping oust former House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad. He served on the agriculture and education committees.

Local Republicans will choose Oliver's successor to fill the rest of his term and his seat won't be on the ballot in November because his resignation came too close to the election, said Legislative Management Chairman Ray Holmberg, a Grand Forks Republican state senator.