"First off I want to say 'thank you' to the people of Carbon County for allowing me the honor and the privilege of serving you in Harrisburg," Speaker of the House Keith R. McCall said in a statement released early today. "I'm proud to have lived my entire life here, and I hope and pray that my family and I will be here for as long as the Good Lord allows.
"This decision is about my family. I first came to Harrisburg as a single 22-year-old man following in his father's footsteps. Now I have a wonderful wife and two amazing children all of whom I owe not only my thanks, but also a lot of missed dinners, football and baseball games, volleyball games and help with homework.
"As much as I care for the institution of the House, I love my family, and it's long overdue that I put them first. After 2010 is over I know I will miss the House and the wonderful members and staff with whom I've been blessed to serve, but, I know in my heart that I am doing the right thing for myself and my family.
"When I was given the honor of serving as House Speaker by the 203 members of the House, I had one goal that stood apart from all others to do everything in my power to help restore the public's trust in the finest institution of government anywhere in the world. That work is far from finished. The State House traces its roots back 328 years to William Penn's 'Holy Experiment' and I plan to spend the next year my final year as House Speaker improving the performance of the People's House as we continue to fight to create jobs, improve our schools and make our state a better place to live.
"This decision was neither quick nor easy. The House of Representatives has been my life's work, but after one more year of very hard work yet to come it will be time to take another step forward in that life for myself, my family, and my loved ones.
"The whole reason I went to Harrisburg was to make sure 'regular folks' had a voice in the Legislature, and I'm very proud of my record a record that isn't complete yet. From fighting to invest in our transportation infrastructure roads, rail and mass transit to helping protect homeowners from contractor fraud, we were able to make a difference. Plus, the work is far from complete besides the 2010-2011 budget, I want to keep working hard to help promote clean, state-produced energy sources, create good-paying jobs and make sure people can afford to see their doctor when they get sick."