- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Don Benton, a longtime Republican state senator from Vancouver, says he’ won’t seek re-election.

Benton said in a statement Saturday that he will finish his current term, which expires at the end of the year. Benton also works as Clark County’s director of environmental services. He said he made his decision to leave the Legislature with “a heavy heart,” but added his bosses at the county didn’t want him to continue serving as a lawmaker while also working as the environmental services director.

Benton, 57, has been in the Legislature since 1994 and is a former head of the state Republican Party.

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