Sen. John Gallus, who has represented the North Country in the Senate for about a decade, is retiring.
“I’ve been in the legislature going on 13 years and it is time to call it quits and go fishing,” he told NHPR.
After serving in the House, Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, was elected to the Senate in November 2002 to represent District One.
The core of district is the North Country but it runs south to the Waterville Valley.
He said changes to the district were not a factor.
“I had no real issue about the redistricting. It didn’t, I feel, affect this decision at all,” he said.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, released a statement praising Gallus “as a great public servant who represents the very best of New Hampshire’s citizen legislature.”
In his statement Rep. Charlie Bass, a Republican, said “there is no stronger advocate for the North Country fighting to improve the region’s economy and preserve the area’s natural resources.”