State Rep. Chip Limehouse of Charleston says he will not seek re-election next year.
The Republican lawmaker has been a House member since 1995.
Limehouse told The Post and Courier of Charleston newspaper that the decision not to seek another term is one of the hardest he’s had to make.
The 53-year-old lawmaker helped create the South Carolina Infrastructure Bank, which helped finance the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge linking Charleston and Mount Pleasant.
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Limehouse is vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Limehouse said he will focus on his real estate business when he leaves office next year. He did rule out a future run for office.