NASHVILLE (AP) - State Rep. Frank Buck says he won't seek re-election after serving 36 years in the state Legislature.
The Dowelltown Democrat, who currently chairs the Conservation and Environment Committee, announced his decision in a release issued Tuesday.
Besides his trademark vests, Buck is probably best known for being a longtime proponent of ethics reform and an author of the 2006 law that followed the FBI's Tennessee Waltz case that convicted five one-time lawmakers.
Buck told The Associated Press last year that the biggest change he's seen has been in the attitude of his colleagues. He described the culture at the Capitol as one where many legislators would "look the other way" when it came to unethical situations.
In his release, Buck said he never regretted his role in the ethics legislation because he knew he was doing right by the people of Tennessee.
"You want to get along with the powers that be, but there are times when you just cannot overlook what you know to be right and wrong," Buck said. "You must never forget who you are, what you believe in and what you know to be right and wrong."
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