DERRY — Sen. Jim Rausch, R-Derry, announced today that he will not seek re-election this faall.
"Family comes first," Rausch said in a phone interview this morning.
His daughter is expecting his first grandchild this fall. The District 19 — Derry, Hampstead and Windham — senator said because his daughter lives in Florida, travel would become an issue if he were serving in the Legislature.
Rausch's most recent high-profile accomplishment was pushing through a 4.2-cert-per-gallon gas tax hike that will fund the continuing Interstate 93 widening project, road and bridge reconstruction, and some state-delayed projects.
He also was instrumental in passage of the state's education funding bill and funding for the state's Career and Technical Centers, including $8 million for new CTE buildings at Pinkerton Academy in Derry.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the state of New Hampshire in the Statehouse, and I thank the residents of Derry, Hampstead, and Windham for giving me the opportunity to do so," Rausch said, "as well as my family and friends for the sacrifices they have made over the years that have allowed me to do this job I’ve enjoyed so much.”
He said he would be making an endorsement soon of a candidate to replace him.
Rausch replaced Sen. Robert Letourneau, who opted not to seek re-election in 2010.