Local Politics

Top Senate tax writer to retire

Posted December 9, 2009 2:35 p.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2009 3:47 p.m. EST

— Sen. David Hoyle, who serves as the chief tax writer in the state Senate, announced Wednesday that he will retire when his term expires next fall.

Hoyle, D-Gaston, has served 18 years in the Senate and is co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

"Having had the honor and privilege to serve my community and state in every way that has been asked of me, beginning 45 years ago as mayor of Dallas, (N.C.), it is now the time and the season to welcome the next phase of my life," he said in a statement.

"While I will not seek re-election, please be assured that I will serve the rest of my term with the same diligence, dedication and integrity with which I have served from my first election," he said. "Public service has always been a central part of my life and my commitment to our community and our state remains strong."

Hoyle is the second top Democrat in the Senate to announce plans to leave in recent weeks.

Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand said last month that he will resign his seat to become chairman of the state parole board.