North Carolina Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, will not seek re-election at end of his current term.
Brown announced his plans to retire Wednesday after serving eight terms in the General Assembly.
“After nearly 16 years in the Senate, I feel like it's the appropriate time to focus on my family and businesses,” Brown said in a statement. “When I was first elected, I ran on three things: do something for career and technical education, tax policy and term limits.”
Brown has been the lead budget writer in the Senate since 2014, his office said. He has pushed for opportunities for rural communities through access to broadband and the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund. During his time in the General Assembly, he has sponsored legislation to protect military bases and for more liberties for service people.
“Senator Brown has been a consistent voice for so many in our state – from hurricane-battered Jones County all the way to the thousands of U.S. Marines that call North Carolina home,” Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson said.
Brown is among five North Carolina state lawmakers who will not be running for re-election in 2020.
Sens. Rick Gunn and Floyd McKissick Jr. and Reps. MaryAnn Black and Debra Conrad also plan to move on from the General Assembly.
The candidate filing for the November election will start Monday.