New York State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from the 45th District, will not seek re-election in 2020. Little joined the Senate in 2003 after seven years in the state Assembly.
Little, who represents six counties in Northern New York, joins a number of GOP state senators not seeking re-election next year, including George Amedore of the nearby 46th District.
“Although it is very difficult for me to contemplate stepping away from the public service that I love so much, it’s time,” Litte said in a statement Thursday. “Being able to do this work for so many years has been the greatest honor. I’ve not taken one moment of it for granted."
Democrats took control of the state Senate in January after a decade of GOP rule.
Little’s term expires at the end of 2020. She is the ranking Republican on the Senate Education Committee.
Clinton County Treasurer Kimberly Davis is running as a Democrat to succeed Little.
“I want to thank Betty Little for her many years of service to the North Country," Davis said Thursday. "I appreciate that she has served her constituents in the various elected positions she has held. Although we differ on political ideology, I respect her commitment to her constituents through her extended service in the New York State Senate and other public offices.”