TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A state senator from Traverse City says he won't run for re-election in 2014.
Republican Howard Walker's surprise announcement last week is an opportunity for state representatives or others from northern Michigan to fill his shoes earlier than expected. The 37th District includes more Republican voters than Democrats.
The 58-year-old says family is his first priority and he plans to spend more time with his wife and daughter. He says he's thoroughly enjoyed serving and looks forward to pursuing a "dynamic and aggressive" legislative agenda in his final 18 months in office.
Walker served in the state House from 2003 through 2008 before winning a four-year Senate term in 2010. With many members of the Senate eligible to run again, Walker's decision creates a rare open seat next year.