INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Clyde Kersey has joined a growing list of lawmakers who have decided to retire from the Indiana General Assembly.
The Terre Haute Democrat, who has served in the legislature since 1996, announced Friday that he will not seek re-election next year.
“Serving in the Indiana General Assembly has been an incredible experience, but I believe the time has come for me to retire,” Kersey said in a statement. “I want to thank all of the people in the 43rd District who have supported me these past 22 years, as well as colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the Indiana House and Senate.”
Kersey, who turned 80 last month, joins a growing list of lawmakers who have decided to retire or quit.
Most recently, Reps. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City; Charlie Brown, D-Gary; and Kathy Richardson, R-Noblesville, have said they will not seek re-election next year. Pelath also stepped down from his position as House minority leader. Both Brown and Richardson have said they will run for local office.
Lloyd Arnold, a Republican from Leavenworth, resigned from his seat when Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed him to lead the law enforcement division of the state Department of Natural Resources. He was replaced by Steve Bartels, R-Eckerty.
Mike Braun, a Jasper Republican, quit his state House seat to run for the U.S. Senate. He was replaced by Shane Lindaur, a fellow Jasper Republican.
In the Senate, Noblesville Republican Luke Kenley quit earlier this year and in September was replaced by Republican Victoria Spartz, also of Noblesville.
Kersey said he was proud of legislation that allowed state and county government employees to buy prescription drugs at a reduced cost, required that schools teach a unit on the Holocaust, and expanded background checks for teachers to keep sexual predators out of public schools.
During his time in the House, Kersey was a member of Ways and Means, Labor and Education. In addition, he served as either chairman or ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee for 12 years.
Kersey is a graduate of Fontanet High School. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana State University.
Prior to serving in the Indiana House, Kersey was a Vigo County councilman from 1986 to 1996.
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