NEW CASTLE — State Sen. Bob Robbins will retire when his current term ends in 2014.
The 69-year-old Mercer County Republican represents the 50th District, which includes parts of Lawrence and Butler and all of Crawford and Mercer counties.
He was elected state senator in 1990, following the retirement of Roy Wilt. Before that, he was a state representative from the 17th House District for eight years.
However, with the change in districts under reapportionment, Lawrence County will no longer be included in the 50th District. All of the county will be represented by state Sen. Elder Vogel of the 47th District.
A graduate of West Point Military Academy and a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Robbins was chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and helped establish the National Guard’s Educational Assistance Program. He was also instrumental in consolidating the Departments of Community Affairs and Commerce into the Department of Community and Economic Development, as well as establishing the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services within it.
He was majority policy chairman from 1997 to 2000 and has been majority caucus secretary since 2001.
His current committee assignments include vice chair of veterans affairs and emergency preparedness and member of agriculture and rural affairs, game and fisheries, local governments, rules and executive nominations, and urban affairs and housing.