GOP House Leader Bingham Retiring After 8 Terms in Office

South Carolina State HouseCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican leader in the South Carolina House says he’s decided not to seek a ninth term.

House Ethics Chairman Kenny Bingham of Cayce told The Associated Press on Tuesday he’s ready for a new challenge.

The 53-year-old civil engineer first won his House seat in 2000. Beyond leading the committee that oversees House campaign filings, Bingham chairs the Ways and Means panel that writes the budget for K-12 education.

During his two terms as majority leader, the chamber’s Republican majority increased from 72 in 2008 to an all-time high of 79 in 2012.

Bingham says his House job is all-consuming, and he’s ready to take a break. He says he has no plans.

The father of two previously served on the Lexington 2 school board from 1996 through 2000.

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