Longtime Republican state Sen. Don Benton, of Vancouver, Wash., says his bosses at his job in Clark County government don’t want him to continue in the Legislature.

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — Don Benton, a longtime Republican state senator from Vancouver, says he won’t seek re-election.

Benton said in a statement Saturday he will finish his current term, which expires at the end of the year. Benton also works as Clark County’s director of environmental services. He said he made his decision to leave the Legislature with “a heavy heart,” but added his bosses at the county didn’t want him to continue serving as a lawmaker while also working as the environmental-services director.

Benton, 57, has been in the Legislature since 1994 and is a former head of the state Republican Party.