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Veteran lawmaker not to seek 11th term

Published On: Jan 09 2012 03:34:10 PM EST   Updated On: Apr 25 2012 07:03:57 AM EDT

Pa. Rep. Dante Santoni, D-Berks Co., said Monday he won't seek an 11th term.


Pa. Rep. Dante Santoni, D-Berks Co., is ready to pass the torch on to someone else.

Santoni announced Monday that he will not seek an 11th term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' 126th District.

"I have been proud to be a part of so much of the economic growth in the community, from the Reading Phillies ballpark and science center at Albright College to various economic development projects in Reading over the last two decades," Santoni said in a written statement released by his office. "There always will be work to do. However, it is time to face new challenges."


Santoni, who was first elected to the House in 1992, declined to say what those challenges might be. He did tell 69 News that his next job will be in the private sector.

Santoni currently serves as the Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee. He previously served as the Democratic chariman of the Gaming Oversight Committee.

Santoni cited the addition of table games to casinos in Pennsylvania as "probably one of the largest projects I oversaw in my legislative career."

Santoni's term in the House will expire Nov. 30.