State Senate Democratic leader Sean Burrage announced Monday he will not seek re-election following completion of the 2014 session.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my friends and neighbors in Rogers and Mayes counties and be their voice in the state Senate,” Burrage, D-Claremore, said in a news release. “Serving in the Senate has been both challenging and rewarding, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity given to me. But at this point in my life, I feel I need to turn my time and attention more fully to family and my law practice.”
Burrage has served in the state Senate since 2006 and was elected Senate minority leader in November 2011.
There are currently 36 Republican state senators and 12 Democrats.
“I believe that the ultimate measure of a good public servant is how strongly they stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves and how tenaciously they protect the most vulnerable members of our communities,” he said. “If that is the measuring stick of my work here in the state Senate, then I think I've been pretty successful.”
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, praised Burrage for his service.
“I consider Sean not only a colleague, but a personal friend and have enjoyed working with him in our leadership roles in the Senate in recent years,” Bingman said. “Sean is the utmost professional and has represented his district and his caucus with dignity and strength and will be missed in the Senate.”
Burrage has a law practice in Claremore, where he lives with his wife, Carole, and their two sons, Truman, 17, and Carter, 9.
Burrage said he is looking forward to attending more high school basketball games and fewer committee meetings.