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Moderate GOP State Senator to Retire

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Powhatan Republican state Sen. John Watkins will not seek another term after his term expires in 2016.

The longtime senator said Tuesday that he plans to spend more time with his family.

Watkins is a moderate Republican who has clashed with his party's conservative wing over issues like transportation spending and Medicaid.

As chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, Watkins had considerable sway in the Senate. He represents a swing district that state Democrats say they will spend heavily to compete in during the 2015 election.

Watkins has served in the Senate for 18 years and previously served in the House of Delegates for 16 years.

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