Sen. William Wampler says he won’t seek re-election
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times
Richmond -- For state Sen. William Wampler, R-Bristol, 24 years in the General Assembly is enough.
Wampler, one of Southwest Virginia's most influential legislators, announced Friday that he won't seek a seventh term in the Senate this fall.
"It was an honor and a privilege to represent the people of Southwest Virginia and trying to make Virginia a better place," Wampler said. "But in a citizen legislature, there's nothing wrong with saying you're going back home."
Wampler, 51, is the Senate's senior Republican, the ranking GOP member on the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee and a forceful voice for the region he represents.
"I hate to lose the voice of rural Virginia," said Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott County, a close friend and legislative ally of Wampler's. "He's the voice of rural Virginia on the Senate Finance Committee."
Wampler said he is in good health and has no interest in seeking another elected office or government post. After 24 years of shuttling between Bristol and Richmond, he said, "I'm just looking forward to coming back home and being a private citizen. [link]
You can bet Kilgore is shedding tears over Wampler's departure.
Tears of joy.
I can see the Kilgore for Senate signs being printed right now.
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He may have a fight on his hands though.