CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Longtime state Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election in 2014.
"I've always been concerned about staying too long," McCabe said of his decision. "Sixteen years is a nice tour of duty, and it's time to give someone else a chance."
A Charleston real estate developer, McCabe's dealt with complicated and contentious issues during his tenure in the Senate, including privatization of workers' compensation insurance, providing funding for future health care costs for retired state and public school employees (also known as the OPEB liability), and various tax reform measures.
McCabe, 64, has also considered a run for governor, but said he has no future political plans at the moment.
"At this stage, I'd like to back away and reassess everything," he said.
McCabe said his immediate interests upon leaving the Senate will be writing an economic history of Charleston -- and devoting more time to his new role as a grandfather.
McCabe said he made his decision after discussions with his wife, Barbie, during a vacation to Italy and France.
"She stressed that there's only so much time. You can't keep adding stuff to your schedule," he said.
McCabe said this is a key time of transition in the Legislature.
"I think it's important to get some new young leaders, and give them time to get experience in the Senate," he said.
In May, first-term Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, announced she would run for McCabe's 17th District Senate seat in 2014.