CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Longtime state Sen. Brooks McCabe will not seek re-election next year.
McCabe, D-Kanawha, announced his retirement Tuesday morning.
"I think I've fulfilled my commitment to the electorate," he said. "I've always been sensitive, you can stay too long. You can get too comfortable. I've always been concerned about not ending up in that position.
"It's a good time to pull away and get some younger leaders in the Senate and begin reassessing where the state needs to go."
McCabe, 64, made the decision following a vacation with his wife, Barbie, to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. The couple took a cruise to Italy and France.
"Part of getting away from everybody was to rethink what I wanted to do and what I should do. We both concluded, I am not going to run for re-election," he said. "I'm not disappearing but there are other things I want to do."
He anticipates there will be great interest in his Senate seat from several "solid candidates."
Newly elected delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, announced in April she would run for McCabe's seat in 2014. Although Raines only completed her first legislative session earlier this year, she said she did not appreciate the infighting in the House of Delegates and hoped to join the more collegial state Senate.
Another young Kanawha County delegate, Democrat Doug Skaff, said Tuesday he has long been interested in McCabe's seat. He plans to make an announcement later this week.
"Obviously it would interest me. I would consider, strongly, running for it. But...my first priority is helping put together a team in the House of Delegates to help move the state forward," he said.
Skaff currently is helping in House Finance Chariman Harry Keith White's bid for Speaker of the House. He said he considers McCabe a mentor, and said he would be "greatly missed and hard to replace."