Okmulgee state senator won't seek re-election

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Roger Ballenger of Okmulgee says he won't run for another four-year term in office in 2014.

Ballenger released a statement Thursday saying he wants to devote more time to his family, his ranch and his local community.

Ballenger has represented Okmulgee, McIntosh, Muskogee and Okfuskee counties since his election to the state Senate in 2006. He could have served one more four-year term before being forced out because of term limits.

Ballenger is one of only 12 Democrats in the 48-member Senate. He currently serves as the assistant minority floor leader and vice chairman of the Senate General Government Committee.

Ballenger touted his work on bills to provide Oklahoma flags to the families of fallen soldiers and to create a special hunting season for disabled veterans.

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