FRANKFORT — Senate Minority Leader Ed Worley, D-Richmond, said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to the state Senate after serving in the chamber since 1999.
Worley said people are encouraging him to run for secretary of state next year but it’s too early to say if he will take that advice.
“I’m trying now to serve in the Senate and finish out my term the best that I can,” said Worley, 53, a general contractor.
Worley said potential opponents in a Senate race this year were not a factor in his decision not to seek re-election.
Worley represents the 34th Senate District, which includes Madison, Lincoln and Rockcastle counties.
In a statement from his office, Worley said, “Representing three counties, serving as the Senate Democratic floor leader and running a small business in a bad economy is more than good reason or good health can handle.
“I love the Senate. It has been an education that you cannot buy. I think my time here has been beneficial to the 34th district and all of Kentucky.”
Worley started his public service in 1978 as an intern to Richmond City Manager David Graham.
At 22, he was named Richmond’s city manager, a position he held for 14 years.
After being elected to the state Senate in 1998, Worley was elected Democratic floor leader in 2003.
“Though I will miss being involved in the Senate and working for the people of my district, I look forward to spending time with my family,” Worley said.