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Senior Fort Wayne Senator Will Not Seek Re-Election


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Thomas Wyss has served 28 years in the Indiana state senate.

One of the Indiana Senate’s most senior members will make next session his last.

Rep. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election next year.

Wyss has spent 28 years in the Indiana Senate, serving on the Allen County Council for eight years before that.

He was a leading figure in legislation involving military veterans and transportation. Wyss led the way on Indiana’s drunk driving law that lowered the legal limit to.

He authored a bill requiring the use of seat belts and co-sponsored a measure to prohibit texting while driving. He also authored one of the state’s most comprehensive measures addressing veterans’ benefits.

Wyss says the decision not to run again was a difficult one.

“I don’t have any problem of thinking I could still do the job and I still enjoy it but it’s just one of those things where I just made the decision that, you know, it’s time to hang ‘em up and go on with life,” he says.

Wyss says he will make the most of his last session and plans  to sponsor several pieces of legislation.

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