Democratic State Sen. Susan Garrett announced today that she will not seek another term in office, saying she’s had a fulfilling career representing the north suburbs but is ready to move on.
Garrett, who lives in Lake Forest, will serve out the remainder of her term and said she did not decide to leave because of the way legislative boundaries were redrawn this year.
“I love my job, I love my colleagues and my constituents, I feel like I’ve been a part of a family,” Garrett said Wednesday. “It will be difficult to say goodbye to everybody eventually, but there will be other extremely qualified people who will step up and life goes on.”
Garrett was first elected to the Illinois House in 1999 before moving on to the Senate in 2003. She said she’s particularly proud of her record on ethics measures and efforts to keep water clean.
Garret said she has no ambitions to run for another public office, and hasn’t decided how to spend her time after she leaves the Senate in 2013. Garrett previously had been talked about as a potential congressional candidate. Last year, she briefly considered running as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate after primary nominee Scott Lee Cohen dropped out.
“All my life I’ve been involved in the grassroots when it comes to helping people out, and I can’t see myself shying away from that,” Garret said. “I’ll find a way to stay involved, particularly at the local level.”
Garrett was known for pushing tollway reform and ethics reform.