The Arizona Senate GOP’s second in command won’t seek re-election this fall.
Senate Majority Leader John McComish announced Monday afternoon he’ll leave the state Legislature when his term expires in January 2015.
The Phoenix Republican stated he’ll instead seek the Justice of the Peace seat of the Kyrene Justice Court in the upcoming election cycle. He threw his support behind Rep. Jeff Dial, R-Chandler, who will run for McComish’s Senate seat.
“I’ve had the privilege and honor to represent the residents of [Legislative District] 18 for many years in both the House and Senate, and my decision to close this chapter of my public service career has been arduous,” McComish said in a statement. “Based on my long experience, I believe that now is the time to hand off the reins to the next wave of responsible, reasonable leadership.”
McComish has served LD18 at the Capitol since 2005, when he was first elected to the House of Representatives. He quickly ascended into leadership, serving a term as house majority whip before taking the reins as majority leader in 2009 and 2010.
McComish was elected to the Senate in 2011, and has led the chamber as majority leader since 2013.
The departing senator praised Dial and Rep. Bob Robson, who also represent LD18 in the House.
“Jeff is fully committed to taking my place in the Senate,” McComish stated. “He has matured and grown as a lawmaker and will carry on our work with honor and integrity.”
McComish overcame an onslaught of expenditures on the campaign trail in 2012. Opponents spent more than $300,000 – mostly from independent expenditures – in a failed attempt to defeat the incumbent Republican.