FRANKFORT — Republican U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis said Thursday he won't seek re-election in 2012 so he can spend more time with his family.
"I thank the people of Kentucky's 4th District for this honor and look forward to continued service to our community and to our republic in other capacities as I return to the private sector," he said in a statement.
The fiscal and social conservative has served a district that stretches along the northern part of Kentucky from the Louisville suburbs to the West Virginia border since 2005. The district includes part of Scott County.
National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Pete Sessions said Kentucky was losing an "influential" and "exemplary" representative.
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"Thanks to his accomplished service in the U.S. Army, Geoff has been a key leader on national security issues," Sessions said. "His experience as a small-business owner and job creator has empowered his ability to champion regulatory reform and tax relief on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. As an NRCC regional chair for the 2010 and 2012 cycles, Geoff played an important role in helping us win back the Republican majority to retire Nancy Pelosi as speaker."
In a written statement, Davis boasted of "an exceptionally competent staff," saying that "together we have passed critical pieces of legislation and enacted laws to reform our government, strengthen our national security, protect our veterans and service members, create economic revival and energy independence, and improve transparency and accountability of the government."
Kentucky Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, said Davis "has been a great member of Congress."
He said he did not know how Davis' decision would affect the Kentucky legislature's redrawing of the 4th District boundaries and those of other congressional districts in Kentucky's 2012 General Assembly, which begins Jan. 3.
State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, said Davis has been an excellent congressman, and state Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger, said Davis "has been very good for the 4th District. I am surprised by this."
Schickel and Westwood said they had no interest in seeking the seat.