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Georgia’s Senate minority leader won’t seek re-election

July 11, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Senate minority leader says he won’t run for re-election in his suburban Atlanta district in 2020.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that state Sen. Steve Henson made the announcement Wednesday.

Henson told the newspaper he wants to focus on personal and business matters, and on helping Democrats gain seats in the Republican-led legislature. He said he didn’t want to be “distracted” by his own election.

Henson has served as minority leader for nine years. He’s served in the Senate since 1991, with a four-year hiatus following a failed run for state labor commissioner in 1998.

Henson’s DeKalb County-based district covers the cities of Stone Mountain and Clarkston and reaches into Gwinnett County.

He faced a close primary challenge in 2018, besting a little-known Democratic challenger by just over 100 votes.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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