Two veteran Indiana House members not seeking reelection

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One of the longest-serving members of the Indiana House is among two more Republican lawmakers who’ve decided to not seek reelection this year.

Rep. David Wolkins of Warsaw said Friday that he’s decided to step down from the seat he’s held since first winning election 32 years ago, in 1988. The 76-year-old Wolkins said he’s faced some health issues and that he’ll retire after this year’s legislative session.

Wolkins has been chairman of the House Environmental Affairs Committee for several years, often frustrating activists who want tougher state anti-pollution laws.

Rep. Ron Bacon, R-Chandler, also said Friday that he won’t seek election this year after a decade representing his Evansville-area district. Bacon was previously a member of the Warrick County Council and was the county coroner.

His retirement announcement follows the same decisions by GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma, who’s will leave the Legislature after 34 years, and Republican Rep. Woody Burton of Whiteland, who was first elected with Wolkins 32 years ago.

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