Golden will step down from the state Senate

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State Sen. Tim Golden (R-Valdosta) said Sunday he will not run for another term in the Georgia Senate, ending a 24-year career in the Legislature.

“Having gone through many difficult yet successful campaigns during that time, I have decided that this is the right time to devote more time to my business career and to my family during the remainder of our son’s high school years before he goes on to college,” Golden said in a prepared statement.

“Your incredible support over all these years means the world to us, and that is why my decision to retire from public service has been so difficult,” Golden said.

“Tim Golden is one of the most admired and respected members of the Georgia State Senate,” Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said. “His passionate commitment to serving the people of the 8th Senate District as well as his leadership and expertise on so many complicated issues facing our state will be sorely missed.”

Golden announced his intention to retire the day before qualifying opened for the May 20 primary elections.

He served for eight years in the Georgia House and 16 years in the Senate, most of the time as a Democrat before switching parties.

Golden also was an aide to former Congressman Charlie Hatcher of Albany for 10 years.

He has been a politically moderate lawmaker who sponsored many pro-business bills during his tenure in the General Assembly.

His major issue for this final year has been a bill (SB 397) that would require insurance companies to provide coverage for the treatment of autism in children.

The Senate has passed the bill and sent it on to the House of Representatives.

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