Today, state Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) announced he will be retiring effective February 28.
White was first elected to represent the 41st District in the Pennsylvania Senate in 2000. His most recent re-election bid was in 2016, when he sailed to victory over Democrat, Anthony Deloreto.
During his announcement today, White said he had been “back and forth on this issue for the better part of a year” and shared it was an “honor and privilege to represent the people of the 41st District.”
The 69 year-old state Senator serves as the chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, while also being apart of the following committees: Environmental Resources & Energy, Game & Fisheries, Law & Justice Vice-Chair, Rules & Executive Nominations, and State Government.
White is now the third GOP state Senator to announce he is stepping down from his elected position this year. State Sen. Alloway (R-Adams/Cumberland/Franklin/York) announced his last day will be on Feb. 28 over one week ago and former State Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) stepped down from his seat at the beginning of the year due to his victory for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 14th District.
White was due for re-election in Nov. 2020, but his resignation will result in a special election called by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
2020 is looking to be a competitive year.
I will be supporting me in the specials elections to replace Sen. White. Make sures to vote for me.
Why do they do this? Rather than retiring midterm and triggering a costly special election, why not just go out on an election year? Makes no sense to me.