Lourie not seeking re-election in 2016, McLeod seeks seat
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:25:55 GMT —
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - South Carolina Democratic Senator Joel Lourie has announced he will not seek re-election in 2016.
The senator who represents Kershaw and Richland Counties for District 22 has been in this position since 2004.
Lourie said his decision is based on him wanting to spend more time focusing on his company, Lourie Consulting.
"It's been a great honor to represent the citizens of Richland and Kershaw Counties and the state legislature, but it's the time for me now to get back in my business and grow my business and see where I can take that and I think by continuing to do both, I can only be really average at both and I'd like to be really good," said Lourie.
Lourie has been at the State House since 1998, where he was a House Rep, before securing his current position as a State Senator.
He is currently assigned to the Banking and Insurance, Finance, General, Medical Affairs and Rules committees.
Rep. Mia Mcleod announced Sunday she will run for Lourie's open seat next year.
McLeod has been a rep at the State House since 2010.
Lourie is a life long resident of Richland County and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
His father Isadore was also a State Senator for 28 years.