Lawmakers convene in the House Chamber at the State House in Augusta in this March 17, 2020, file photo. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democratic Rep. Andrew McLean submitted a letter of resignation to the Maine House on Thursday.

McLean, of Gorham, recently graduated from the University of Maine School of Law, and said post-law school work that begins next week requires him to leave his job as an elected official.

“I am proud of the work that has been accomplished over the last eight years, and I am grateful to have contributed to the success of that work,” he said in a statement.

The decision does not alter the balance of power. Democrats retain control of the House, along with the Senate.