Leeper: Won't seek re-election


Anchor - Todd Faulkner
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - A surprise announcement Tuesday from long-time Kentucky State Senator Bob Leeper.  He will not seek re-election when his current term expires.

Leeper has served in the senate since 1991.

His district includes McCracken, Marshall and Ballard counties.

Leeper, an Independent, chairs the Senate Budget Committee.  He has also served on other committees including Natural Resources and Energy, as well as Transportation.
The former Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent says he'll finish his current term, which expires January 1, 2015.

He's also a chiropractor and owns a practice in Paducah.  Local 6 spoke with Leeper and asked why he's not seeking re-election.

"You just start to realize it's time.  It's time - these offices aren't meant for anybody to stay forever.  Whether you think you can or not, and uh, you need to be aware of when it's time to come home," Leeper said.  "I feel like it's time to maybe come home and try to spend more time with my family and my practice here and in the community.  I'm looking forward to that."

To hear Senator Leeper's interview in its entirety, click the video below.