Sen. Piccola to retire from legislature in 2012


Sen. Jeff Piccola (R., Dauphin) just announced he will not be running for reelection in 2012.

Here is his statement:

“I hereby announce that I will not be a candidate for reelection to the 15th Senatorial District in 2012.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my service in the state legislature, and I count as one of my many blessings the privilege of representing the citizens of Dauphin and York Counties in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their support.”

“During the year remaining of my term, I will work as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee to advance measures to reform and improve the Commonwealth’s educational system and continue to strive to best represent the people of the 15th Senatorial District.”

He provided no further explanation.

As chair of the Senate Education Committee, the Republican has been one of the loudest voices in the Capitol in favor of school vouchers. He has also been the architect and prime mover and shaker on the so-called state takeover bill of the city of Harrisburg.

Piccola and fellow Republicans in the Senate also came under scrutiny recently for the once-in-a-decade redistricting process, which reconfigures districts based on population shifts. A proposal for Piccola's district would reconfigure it to exclude the city of Harrisburg, prompting outcries from Democrats that the GOP was engaging in good, old'-fashioned gerrymandering to ensure Piccola's smooth reelection.

Piccola has said he had nothing to do with that plan, and that he did not ask for the city to be cut out of his base.


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