State Senator Charlotte Burks (D-Monterey), whose District 15 includes Bledsoe County, said she will not seek re-election next year.
Her district also includes Cumberland, Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White counties.
The owner of a farm at Monterey said, "It has been an honor to represent the people of the 15th Senatorial District over the years. I never imagined that I would ever serve in the state legislature, but it gave me a sense of direction and purpose that I needed after the loss of Tommy. It was a responsibility that I took seriously, and I am satisfied that I served the people of this district with honesty and integrity.”
She added, “Our family has a deep love and appreciation for the Upper Cumberland and its people. We will forever be grateful for the kindness and support we have received. Thank you for allowing us to serve.”
She was elected in 1998 as a write-in candidate after the tragic death of her husband, State Senator Tommy Burks.
Senator Burks will host a reception on Oct. 10 at the Leslie Town Centre in Cookeville from 4:30-6:30 p.m.