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January 02, 2016

Longtime Delco lawmaker retiring in 2016

State Rep. Adolph will not seek reelection

A Republican legislator in Delaware County who has served for nearly two decades will not seek reelection in 2016.

The Delaware County Times reports that state Rep. Bill Adolph, who has represented Pennsylvania's 165th District since 1988, announced Thursday he is retiring at the end of this year.

Adolph served as Springfield Township commissioner in the 1980s before being elected to his current seat, according to the Times. The 165th District covers Springfield Township, Morton, and parts of Marple and Radnor townships.

He was appointed Majority Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 2010, making him the top GOP lawmaker in the House in budget negotiations.

Adolph told the Times he's enjoyed his life in public service, but added it was time to spend more time in his home of Delaware County.

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason issued a statement Friday following the news of Adolph's retirement:

“Representative Bill Adolph’s legacy of public service has helped citizens all across the Commonwealth,” Gleason said. “Whether it’s working on property tax relief, simplifying Pennsylvania’s tax rules and regulations or making college more affordable for students and their families, Bill Adolph’s accomplishments have improved the lives of countless members of his community.
“On behalf of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, I thank Representative Adolph for his service to our Commonwealth and wish him the best in any and all future paths.”

Adolph's final term ends on Nov. 30, 2016.