Sen. Jerry Behn, of Boone, said in a statement Wednesday that he would concentrate on representing his district which includes Story County, rather than a leadership position at the Statehouse.
Behn decided against running for the Iowa Senate Republican Leader position this week. The statement released after the Senate Republican Caucus Wednesday, follows below:
“I decided not to seek re-election to be the Iowa Senate Republican Leader. Our new caucus leadership has my full support and I plan to work hard to ensure that we are successful in the upcoming legislative sessions and the 2014 election. I look forward to spending more time with my family and farming business and serving the hardworking citizens of Boone, Greene, Hamilton, Story and Webster Counties in my new district.”
Behn has held the minority leadership position since 2011. Sen. Bill Dix, of Shell Rock, was elected to replace Behn.