Longtime SC state senator to retire

Senator Greg Ryberg (R-Aiken)

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) -- Longtime state Sen. Greg Ryberg of Aiken will not seek re-election.

Ryberg has been in the Senate since 1993.

Ryberg told The Aiken Standard his service has been rewarding and now he wants to spend the next 20 years with his wife and family.

Ryberg chairs the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee and says he's proud of his efforts to overhaul the Employment Security Commission and reform the state's retirement system.

Ryberg led a bipartisan reform effort three years ago after the Employment Security Commission paid more than $170 million to employees fired for misconduct, The result was the cabinet-level state Department of Employment Workforce.

The state Chamber of Commerce named Ryberg its 2010 Public Servant of the Year.