The top money man for the Indiana House Republican caucus is retiring.
Uniondale Representative Jeff Espich announced Friday he will not run for re-election in 2012 after 40 years in the House. In a letter to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Espich says his constituents will now be represented by four other House Republicans.
Following last year’s redistricting, Espich’s district and that of Huntington Republican Dan Leonard were drawn together, meaning the two would have faced each other in this year’s May primary.
The veteran representative led House Republicans in fiscal matters for decades and currently serves as chairman of the Ways and Means committee. His longtime counterpart on the Democratic side, Indianapolis Representative Bill Crawford, is also retiring this year.