After two terms in the Oregon Senate, Sherwood's Larry George has announced he will not seek re-election in 2014.

George, a Republican, has served in the Oregon Senate since 2007, representing Sherwood, King City, Bull Mountain, Wilsonville, Newberg, St. Paul and Keizer, as well as parts of Tigard and Hillsboro.

George said that he would step down from state politics to spend more time with his family, and said he hoped that the Senate could continue to work together on both sides of the aisle.

"I encourage my colleagues to keep up the spirit of cooperation which has led to so many great outcomes for Oregonians."

In a statement released Tuesday, George touted his work as a key player in enacting the largest small business tax cut in state history, and credits bringing more Republicans into the Oregon Senate.

"When I entered the Senate in 2007 there were 19 Democrats and only 11 Republicans," he said. "With such lop-sided power, bitter partisanship and ideological extremism controlled the Senate. I worked hard during recent elections to move the Oregon Senate to a more balanced 16 Democrats and 14 Republicans — this forced much more bi-partisan cooperation and ultimately led to successes for Oregonians."

George owns George Packing Company, the largest filbert process company in the country, based in Newberg.

Rep. Kim Thatcher, who represents Newberg, Keizer and St. Paul in the Oregon House of Representatives, has said she will run for George's seat in 2014.

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