By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Daily Leader
After serving 12 years in the Kansas House of Representatives, Rolla’s Bill Light (R) has decided to not seek another term in the 124th District of Southwest Kansas.
“I sent out a two-paragraph statement to a couple of local little papers around here yesterday,” Light said today. “Basically, after 12 years, I’m not going to file for re-election.”
His reason for leaving is not one simple explanation.
“It’s kind of an accumulation of lots of little reasons,” He said. “There’s personal reasons, and my dad – his health is failing – and different reasons like that.”
Light said he’s appreciative he has been able to serve the district, and it was always one of his dreams to do so.
“My aspiration was always – since I was out of college – was to work for the state legislature,” Light said. “I had that opportunity, and I’d like to think I gave it a good 12 years of my time and effort.”
Though Light said he will stay in the farming business once he retires from the legislature, he is still looking forward to whatever the future brings.
“I’m 61 years old this year, and I felt like maybe it was time to discover what else there may be ahead of me,” he said, with a chuckle.