Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will not seek re-election

Speaker of the Senate will not run for another term.

NASHVILLE (WATE) – After serving four years in the Tennessee House and 20 years in the Tennessee Senate, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey  announced he will not run for another four-year term.

Ramsey’s term as Speaker of the Senate will expire on the second January 9, 2017. He made the announcement on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“After a lot of prayer and many sleepless nights, I have determined that I simply cannot commit to another four years in office. I am ready to take priority number four off the table and commit a lot more time to priority number two, my growing family,” said Ramsey.

The Speaker of thee Senate said the decision was not easy, but after serving his district for 24 years of “living the dream,” he said he felt like life was flying by. He is currently the longest-serving Republican Senate Speaker in Tennessee history.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey’s full statement:

“I have always been known as a straight-shooter who gets right to the point. Today is no exception.

I stand before you today to announce that I will not be seeking another four-year term to the State Senate.

I have served in the General Assembly for nearly a quarter of a century: four years in the State House and 20 years in the State Senate. 24 years.

For the last 10 years, this body has granted me the privilege of serving as Lt. Governor and Speaker of the Senate. It has been a true honor to serve my state in this way.

I have said many times, I truly am “living the dream.” I have never meant that phrase as much as I mean it right now. I am living the dream.

While serving in the legislature, I have tried my best to keep my priorities in order.

My first priority has always been my faith. I have never taken my talents and opportunities for granted. I know that all I have God has given me. I have prayed to Him everyday for wisdom and guidance.

A close second has always been my family. Sindy is not only my wife but my best friend. She is truly the wind beneath my wings.

I have the three best daughters a father could ask for. And now I have three wonderful son-in-laws.

My third priority has been my business.

And that brings us to priority number four, politics and state government.

It has been the honor of my life to serve here. We have accomplished great things together. We have left Tennessee better than we found it.

But lately, it seems like life is flying by.

When I ran for office four years ago, I had a one-year old grandson. That grandson, Parker, will be starting kindergarten in August.

I now have four grandsons. My first granddaughter will be born today. As a matter of fact, I will be leaving immediately following session to celebrate the birth of little Sadie Rhea with my family.

After a lot of prayer and many sleepless nights, I have determined that I simply cannot commit to another four years in office. I am ready to take priority number four off the table and commit a lot more time to priority number two, my growing family.

This has not been an easy decision. I love the the State Senate. I love being Lt. Governor. And I consider each and every one of you a true friend.

I want to thank the people of my district for allowing me to serve the past 24 years. I especially want to thank the members of this body for allowing me to serve as your leader.

May God bless each and every one of you.

And may God continue to bless the great State of Tennessee.”

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