State Sen. Connie Williams (D-District 17) announced that she will not seek re-election come November, and that she will step down when her term expires at the end of 2008.
"This has been an incredibly rewarding 11 years, but it's not my whole life," said Williams, whose legislative career began in 1997, when she was elected to represent the 149th district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
In 2001, she won a special election to fill the seat of retiring State Sen. Richard Tilghman, and in 2004, she was elected to serve a full term. The district includes portions of Delaware and Montgomery counties.
Williams — the daughter of oil and gas magnate Leon Hess — also serves on the board of directors for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
"It will be a new era that I'm looking forward to, but I won't be slowing down any time soon," said Williams, who also noted that she plans to have a busy final year in office.
On the legislative track, Williams hopes to spend the next year helping to bring Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's energy plan to fruition. She also hopes to pass anti-bullying legislation.