Senator Giles Ward, R-Louisville, will not seek re-election after his current term ends in January of 2016.
Ward made the announcement at the Neshoba County Fair on Wednesday morning.
After serving fiver terms on the Louisville Board of Alderman, Ward was elected to the Mississippi Senate in 2007.
Ward has served as chairman of the Senate Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee, as well as chairman of the Senate Forestry Committee.
Lieutenant Governor Reeves appointed Ward to several positions including vice-chairman of the Senate's Energy Committee and its Forestry Committee.
Reeves also appointed Ward to serve on the Executive Committee of our nation's Energy Council and the NCSL Nuclear Legislative Workgroup.
Ward was awarded the "Defender of Freedom" award by the National Rifle Association in 2013.
In his speech Wednesday morning, Ward described serving in the Mississippi Senate as "the greatest honor of his life."
Ward will return to retirement after his current term ends.
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