North Dakota State Senator Gary A. Lee has announced he will not seek re-election in November.

Lee, a Republican, has served District 22 in the North Dakota Legislature since 2001. District 22 includes much of rural Cass County including portions of the cities of Fargo, West Fargo (south of Interstate-94) and Horace.

"The North Dakota Senate will feel a void with the retirement of Senator Lee," said Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner in a statement about Lee's retirement. "He is a person of integrity, high work ethic, a leader and always prepared. He truly cared about what was best for the people of North Dakota."

Lee served on the Education Committee, Appropriations Committee and Chaired the Committee on Transportation while in office. While on appropriations committee, he played key roles in developing budgets for the Department of Transportation, the State Water Commission and the Department of Health. In 2017, Lee served as the Senate President Pro Tempore.

Lee said in a statement, he has considered it a privilege to represent the people of District 22 these past 19 years, the district he grew up in and is proud to call home.