State Sen. Roy Baker will not seek re-election when his term ends at the end of next year.
Baker, who serves the 30th Representative District in southeastern Nebraska, says he will serve through next year, but will not run for re-election in 2018.
Baker says he and his wife moved to Lincoln during his first term in the legislature to help care for his wife’s elderly parents. They died during his first year in the Unicameral.
Baker says that prompted the two to reconsider their plans to move close to family.
“Our intent is to, after I get done with my term, we’re going to be moving from our current home and establish residences in Minnesota and Arizona to be near our sons, our daughter-in-law, and our young grandchildren,” Baker announces during his “Capitol Weekly” program, heard during the legislative session on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE.
Baker, who will be 73 at the end of his four-year term, retired as Superintendent of the Norris Public School District in 2010, and then served as an interim Superintendent in the Beatrice Public School District.
Baker says that he hopes that by announcing now, it gives others interested in running for the seat time to make plans.
“Seems like anymore the summer, a whole year prior to the primary election, is when people crank up their campaigns,” Baker says. “So, they would be needing to do that.”
The 30th District includes all of Gage County and the southeastern portion of Lancaster County.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE