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VOL. 124 | NO. 121 | Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Democratic Rep. John Litz to Retire in 2010

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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - Democratic state Rep. John Litz says he will retire from the General Assembly after the next legislative session.

Litz tells the Citizen Tribune newspaper that he had promised to serve no more than eight years when he first ran for the seat representing Hamblen County in 2002.

Republicans currently hold a 50-49 edge in the House.

Litz played a key role in Republican Rep. Kent Williams' election as House speaker in January. Williams gained the support of all 49 House Democrats to win the chamber's top post by one vote over the GOP nominee.

Litz, a farmer, was a vocal critic and one of only four legislative Democrats to vote against Gov. Phil Bredesen's efforts to increase the state's tax on each pack of cigarettes from 20 cents to 62 cents in 2007.

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Information from: Citizen Tribune, http://www.citizentribune.com

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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