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Another state lawmaker says he won't run again, leaving for a job in NC

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A Minnesota state senator who eyed the governor's mansion in 2014 says he won't run for re-election this year.

Sen. Dave Thompson announced Tuesday this current term (his second) will be his last.

He put a copy of the press release on Twitter.

The Republican from Lakeville (District 58) called serving in the state senate (which he'll have done for six years by the time he leaves) "an honor and a privilege."

"Over the last five years I have done my best to help make our great state an even better place to live, work, and raise a family," he says in the statement, adding he'll "miss serving the people of Dakota County" but looks forward to his next challenge.

He and his wife are moving to North Carolina at the end of this term, where he'll open a new corporate office for Renters Warehouse.

A lawyer and former radio talk show host, Thompson was first elected to the senate in 2010. In 2012, he won re-election by getting 57.6 percent of the vote over his DFL opponent (who finished with 42.28 percent).

Thompson serves on two committees currently: State and Local Government and Taxes (the latter of which he is part of the Tax Reform Division).

Here's a look at the bills Thompson was the lead or co-author of in 2015 – it ranges from planning for a possible zip rail from Rochester to the Twin Cities, to new protections around electronic communication and data searches, to abolishing or tweaking the Metropolitan Council.

On Twitter, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota said it's losing "another great endorsed senator," then thanked Thompson for his time.

Thompson is the latest in a string of state lawmakers to announce they won't seek re-election.

The Pioneer Press has a list of such politicians.

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