Speaker of Pennsylvania House to retire in November

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Sam Smith. Credit: Sam Smith.
Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Sam Smith is retiring. Credit: Provided

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will retire once his term expires in November, according to the Associated Press.

Sam Smith, a Republican who has held the position since 2011, told the AP he won’t run for another term and will retire from Pennsylvania politics when his 14th term as a state representative ends Nov. 30.

Smith, 58, told the news service on Tuesday “that his heart isn’t in the job anymore and that he can’t give his constituents his full commitment any longer.”

It doesn’t help that Smith’s 66th District seat in Jefferson County will not be easy to retain, the AP reported.

Prior to his current position, he served as a member of House leadership for 10 years. In 2000 his colleagues elected him majority whip, and from 2003 to 2010 Smith served as the leader of the Republican Caucus, according to his website.


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