JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A House member from eastern Missouri has resigned to accept an appointment as chairman of the state Labor and Industrial Relations Commission.

Republican Rep. Robert Cornejo, of St. Peters, resigned late Tuesday and was appointed Wednesday to the new position by Gov. Mike Parson.

Cornejo is an attorney who first was elected to the House in 2012. He had been unopposed for re-election but withdrew from the race Tuesday. His exit means political parties now have a second chance to select candidates for the 64th District, which covers parts of St. Charles and Lincoln counties.

Cornejo's new position comes with a significant pay raise. Lawmakers earn about $36,000 annually. Labor and Industrial Relations commissioners are paid nearly $109,000.

He replaces chairman John Larsen Jr., whose termed expired in June.