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John Wilder says he won't seek re-election to state Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Lt. Gov. John Wilder, who until last year was the longest serving presiding officer of a legislative chamber in modern U.S. history, says he won't run for re-election after 44 years in the Senate.

Wilder, who is 86, announced his decision on the Senate floor on Thursday.

The Mason Democrat was Senate speaker and lieutenant governor for 36 years until losing the job last year to Sen. Ron Ramsey, a Blountville Republican.

The decision to retire from office is a reversal for Wilder, who had earlier announced he would run again and lent his campaign $500,000.

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