State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, announced Monday that he will not seek a 15th term.
Hanna’s decision to retire comes after serving 27 years in the Pennsylvania House or Representatives. He is the Democratic whip and second-ranking member in the House Democratic Caucus.
“After considerable deliberation, I have decided that the time has come to spend more time with my family, travel with my wife and enjoy the great outdoors,” Hanna said in a press release. “This is what is best for my family at this time and it is my hope, upon retirement, to be able to explore other avenues for which I am passionate.”
On Sunday, Hanna’s son, Mike Hanna Jr., announced his candidacy for his father’s seat, the 76th Legislative District. Hanna Sr. will continue to represent the 76th District through Nov. 30.
During his tenure, Hanna supported efforts to raise the minimum wage, boost the local economy by bringing thousands of dollars back into Centre and Clinton counties, address biosolid issues and more, according to the release.
“My experience as a state representative has been nothing short of humbling,” Hanna said. “It has been a great privilege and honor to serve all of my constituents in Harrisburg and a responsibility that I have never once taken lightly. I hope to be remembered as someone who stood up for my morals and beliefs even if it was a tough vote to make.”