(DOYLESTOWN, PA) – State Senator Chuck McIlhinney (R-10), who serves as the Majority Caucus Administrator for the Senate, today announced that he will not seek re-election at the end of his term in 2018. McIlhinney also serves as Chairman of the Senate’s Law & Justice Committee and Ethics Committee.
McIlhinney began his career in public service as a Doylestown Borough Council member, was elected to the 143rd House District of Pennsylvania in a 1998 special election, and moved to the Senate in 2006.
“I entered public service to make a difference for my community and the people who live here,” McIlhinney said. “I can look back proudly at my time in office and my accomplishments, but now it is time to move on and allow a new leader to take over.”
McIlhinney’s tenure was noted for his reputation of independence and his willingness to work on complex issues facing the state. Examples of his accomplishments include: increasing consumer convenience by bringing wine and beer sales to grocery stores and allowing out-of-state vineyards to ship directly to Pennsylvania consumers; helping companies avoid layoffs through the use of shared work programs; supporting the state’s recent transportation infrastructure funding effort; passing the state’s ban on smoking in restaurants; updating the Open Records Law to increase government transparency; and, authoring environmental initiatives like Growing Greener.
“I have never focused on party labels, only on trying to do what is right for the people of Bucks County who I represent and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” McIlhinney said. “By focusing on issues instead of politics, we have helped move Pennsylvania forward in an era where new challenges present themselves everyday.”
McIlhinney is also well-known for his commitment to addressing local issues throughout the communities he serves; examples of his local efforts include authoring a law that preserved Ingram Spring in Solebury Township, helping usher through the 202 Bypass in central Bucks County, implementing a moratorium on natural gas drilling in the South Newark Basin that lies under much of Bucks County, and securing funding for local municipalities for multi-modal transportation projects, fire companies, civic groups and more.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Bucks County. Their support as I have worked to make the area I have always called ‘home’ a better place is humbling. I cannot thank them enough for allowing me to do so,” McIlhinney concluded.
McIlhinney will be looking forward to spending more time with is wife, Jennifer, and their two children.