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Ky. Lawmaker To Step Down From Leadership Post

Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark says he will not run for the leadership post he has held since 1993.

The Louisville Democrat, who was re-elected for the 18th time last week, also said he is likely to retire at the end of his two-year term. Clark has represented the 46th legislative district for more than 30 years and has been second in command for the Democratic majority for more than two decades.

In a letter to House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Clark said he decided not to seek re-election as speaker pro tem because he thought it was a good time for someone new to learn the job while Democrats still control the House and the governor's office. Democrats maintained their eight-seat majority after last week's elections.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's term ends in January 2016.

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