Veteran GOP senator Wyss retiring after 28 years

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Associated Press

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 12:06 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A longtime Republican lawmaker is stepping down after close to three decades representing northeastern Indiana in the state Senate.

Sen. Tom Wyss (wees) announced Thursday he will not seek re-election to an eighth term in the Indiana Senate next year. Wyss currently chairs the Senate Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Wyss's "passion and tenacity" are trademarks of a lengthy career.

Wyss retired in 1997 as a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard and worked on veterans issues. He also helped lower limit in Indiana's drunk-driving law to 0.08 and co-authored the state's ban on texting while driving.

Wyss said Thursday it is time for him to "enjoy life outside public service."

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