State Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, will not seek re-election when his term expires at the end of this year.

Golick, one of Cobb’s longest-tenured legislators, was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 1998.

In an email to the MDJ, Golick said he is choosing to spend more time with family rather than run a re-election campaign and serve two more years in the Legislature.

Golick’s email making the announcement is below. Check back for more as this story develops.

“… After 20 years of service, I will be retiring from the State House at the end of this term. Over the holidays, I took a hard look at the calendar, and the fact is my younger son will be heading off to college in less than four years. When I was growing up, it was just my mother and myself, and I remember very clearly how difficult that was for me. I promised myself many years ago that I would be a fully engaged father to my two sons — especially during the all-important teenage years — but there’s just no way for me to keep that promise completely if I’m running a time-consuming campaign this summer and fall — in addition to fulfilling my private sector job responsibilities — and then serving an additional two years in the State House on top of that. The choice was clear and obvious.

“There are no words to describe how grateful I am to the greater Smyrna/Vinings community for granting me the privilege of being their voice for the past two decades. When I first ran in 1998, I promised that I’d be “An Effective Voice for Cobb County.” Between then and now, I’ve had the honor of sponsoring numerous pieces of truly impactful statewide legislation either on my own or on behalf of former Gov. (Sonny) Perdue (as his Administration Floor Leader for five years) and Gov. (Nathan) Deal.

“Private property protection/eminent domain reform, criminal justice reform, ethics reform, the Georgia child care tax credit, whistleblower protection, anti-discrimination and animal cruelty legislation are just a handful of those measures, and my local HB 1166/reassessment reform from 2000 has saved Cobb property taxpayers more than $250 million.

“I’ve also been fortunate to be an effective advocate for our local schools, including delivering $450K to Campbell High School last year for much needed technology upgrades. Finally, my time over the past nine years as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee (Non-Civil), which handles issues of criminal law and criminal procedure, has allowed me to bring our community’s no-nonsense but balanced approach to public safety issues at the Capitol, and I’m grateful to (House) Speaker (David) Ralston for allowing me to serve in that important role. Again, I will always be grateful for the privilege of service that our community has granted me these many years.”

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