Pennsylvania Speaker of House to retire

HARRISBURG -Tuesday, Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Sam Smith announced he will not seek re-election in 2014, choosing to leave the state legislature after 27 years.
“While friends and supporters have been overwhelming in encouraging me to continue to run, the truth is, my heart is not in it, and my effort would be sub-par, and that would not be fair or good for any of us,” Smith said in a press release on his website. “Upon some deep reflection, I no longer feel I can give the residents of (my district) the 100 percent commitment the job requires.”
The Republican was first elected in 1986 and represents Jefferson County and parts of Indiana and Armstrong Counties in Western Pennsylvania.
“Speaker Sam Smith has devoted his life to improving the lives of his constituents and all Pennsylvanians,” said Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason in a statement. “For 27 years, Sam Smith has given a voice to those who sought common sense and fiscal sanity in their government.”

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