House Democrats are losing a veteran lawmaker and Philadelphia will no longer have a powerful advocate on the House transportation committee.

State Rep. Michael McGeehan announced today he will not seek re-election next year.

McGeehan, who has represented the 173rd district in northeast Philadelphia for 23 years, said only that it is time for him to "move into a new phase in life."

During his career, McGeehan also was chairman of the Labor Relations Committee where he led successful efforts to implement key fire safety initiatives. And he served as majority chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, which considers legislation and regulations dealing with 29 boards and commissions that fall under the Department of State.

"I'm extraordinarily grateful to the wonderful people of the 173rd District who've elected and re-elected me over the last 23 years. Personally knowing and serving a great many residents has been the highlight of my life," McGeehan said. "I want to acknowledge and thank my family, staff and supporters for the help, dedication and sacrifices they have made on my behalf. I will always be appreciative and feel indebted to them all."

McGeehan said he takes particular pride in last month's passage of Pennsylvania's first comprehensive transportation funding package in decades.

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