State Sen. Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks) announced his retirement from the state House today, becoming the third Bucks county elected officials who announced their retirements this year.
“I entered public service to make a difference for my community and the people who live here. I can look back proudly at my time in office and my accomplishments, but now it is time to move on and allow a new leader to take over,” McIlhinney said.
McIlhinney has served in the state Senate since 2006, after being a state Rep. since 1998.
McIlhinney joins state Reps. Scott Petri and Kathy Watson as Republican officials from Bucks County who will not be seeking re-election in 2018. Petri left his role after agreeing to take over as the executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Watson announced Wednesday she would not be seeking re-election.
In the wake of historic Democratic wins at the county and local level in the Philadelphia collar counties, including Bucks, the retirements could be a sign of things to come in the southeast as Republican seats become more competitive and could flip in 2018.