MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - State Senator Cecil Staton says he will not seek re-election in 2014 after serving for 10 years.
Staton (R-Macon) was elected to serve the 18th Senate District in 2004, which represents Crawford, Monroe, Peach, and Upson counties and portions of Bibb and Houston counties.
"It has truly been one of greatest honors of my life to serve the people of the 18th Senate District over the past ten years," said Staton said in a statement. "Public service is a high calling, and one I have never taken lightly. I am incredibly thankful for the continued support of my constituents who have entrusted me to represent their values under the Gold Dome. Central Georgia is my home, and I will always work to strengthen the region's reputation as one of the state's best places to live, work and raise a family."
Staton currently serves at Senate Majority Whip, the third highest-ranking leadership position in the senate. He has held that role for four of his ten years in the Senate.
According to a news release while serving, Staton pushed for improving Georgia's economic climate, providing funding to the state's higher education programs, and working to strengthen Georgia's health care network. He also led the effort to reform Georgia's Voter Identification laws.
Staton was a proponent and leader of the passage of the Macon-Bibb County consolidation bill. He also helped establish non-partisan elections for the new government.
In a news release, Staton thanks his wife and two sons for their sacrifice during his ten years of service.
"Without their love and support I could have never have done this," Staton said.