Senator Howard Walker announced today that he will not be seeking re-election.
"After much soul-searching and many discussions with my family, I have decided not to seek a second term in the Senate," said Walker, R-Traverse City. "Family has always been my first priority and while I have thoroughly enjoyed my service to the state, the time has come for me to focus all of my energy on my wife and daughter and our life in northern Michigan."
Walker served in both the House and Senate for over a decade.
"Throughout my time in the legislature, I have been a champion for public schools, environmental issues, renewable energy, Michigan's agricultural heritage and protection of our beautiful natural resources," Walker said. "My basic values of faith, family and integrity have always guided my legislative career, and they will continue to do so for the remainder of my term."
Walker went on to say that he looks forward to working with his colleagues in the Senate to "pursue a dynamic and aggressive legislative agenda" over his next 18 months in office.