State Sen. John Kerr is retiring from the legislature.
He will serve the remainder of his current term, which expires at the end of 2008, but he will not seek re-election, according to a news release from state Senate leader Marc Basnight.
Kerr intends to remain active in politics and to campaign on behalf of others. Kerr, a Democrat and a lawyer from Goldsboro, represents Greene County and parts of Wayne and Pitt Counties.
Update: Snow Hill Mayor Don Davis, a Democrat, announced last month that he will run for Kerr's seat. Greenville attorney Marvin Blount III said he is also considering a run.
More after the jump.
Kerr’s retirement ends a 20-year career in the legislature. For at least the past 10 years, the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research has ranked Kerr as one of the top 10 most effective senators.
In 1986, Kerr was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served three terms. In 1992, Kerr was elected to the Senate, where he continues to serve and holds several key positions.
"John Kerr is one of the best and most dedicated public servants our state has ever seen," Basnight said in the news release.