Longtime Virginia State Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson, announced today that he plans to not seek re-election.
Carrico issued a written statement, expressing his thanks to residents for their years of support.
"For the last 34 years I have had the privilege to serve as a public servant for the Commonwealth of Virginia, first as a Virginia State Trooper, then as a representative for the 5th House district and now for the 40th Senate district," Carrico wrote. "I have served selflessly for the people who elected me to both of these historic bodies in order to honor their trust in me to uphold their values which I have fought for tirelessly."
Citing a Bible verse from the book of Proverbs, Carrico wrote he believed he'd accomplished his goals.
"With much thought and prayer, I am announcing that I do not plan to seek re-election to the Virginia Senate in 2019," Carrico wrote.
"It is my understanding that our founders intended for service to be a sacrifice and for that sacrifice to not exceed the season in which a man may become complacent in serving his own agendas and not those of the people. I feel that this is my season to leave and begin the next chapter of my life with the assurance as I go, that the citizens of the 40th District will elect the person who will best represent their values as their new Senator," he continued.
Carrico served the 40th District, which includes much of Southwest Virginia, including Bristol.
"To the people of Southwest Virginia, please accept my deepest gratitude for the trust you have bestowed upon me and know that all my hard work and leadership was a reflection on who I believe are the most hard-working and principled people in Virginia. I ask that you never stop believing in yourselves and your potential to impact all of Virginia and even the nation through God’s grace and your faith in Him. May God keep and wonderfully bless you and your families," he wrote.