Sen. Rhoads won't seek re-election in 2014

01/10/2014 02:34 PM

The 6th Senate District will now be an open seat this fall as state Sen. Jerry Rhoads, a Madisonville Democrat, announced Friday he will not seek a fourth-term.

Rhoads, 72, said the decision was made so he can spend more time with family.

“After careful reflection, I have decided that with eight young, energetic grandchildren, it is time to step away from the hectic pace and demands of public service in order to spend more time with my family and pursue other life goals,” Rhoads said.

In a statement sent to Pure Politics, Rhoads says he will remain active in his Madisonville law practice.

Rhoads also serves as a member of the Senate minority leadership as the Democratic whip, so his retirement will open up a job heading into the next round of leadership elections in January 2015.

But it also puts Democrats at risk of losing the 6th District, which covers Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Ohio and Butler counties.

Republican Rep. C.B. Embry of Butler County filed for the newly-drawn district in November. He opted to run for the Senate after being drawn into the same state House District as one his fellow Republicans, Rep. Jim DeCeseare, during the redistricting process in August.

Nick Storm

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