SAVANNAH, Ga. - Saying he can't be a good father, husband and legislator at the same time, State Rep. Tom Bordeaux is retiring after 16 years in the state House.
Dean of the Chatham County delegation, Mr. Bordeaux bowed out at a news conference Monday at his Ardsley Park home.
"It's been the thrill of a lifetime," the Savannah Democrat said, as daughter Annie Lillian, 5, and son Thomas, 3, took turns bouncing in his lap.
They each had on green "Bordeaux for House" campaign T-shirts.
Mr. Bordeaux had often admitted being torn between his legislative and family duties, and that had fueled speculation about his political future.
"Lots of dads as they get older get to re-establish their lives with their children," he said. "I'm not going to have that. I'm 52 years old."
"... When I come home from my three months in Atlanta ... my little boy is a lot taller than when I left. And my little girl's writing her letters and numbers a lot better than before, and she learned that without me."
Mr. Bordeaux would have been an overwhelming favorite for re-election in his Democratic-leaning mid-to-south Savannah district.
Now, the winner of the July 18 Democratic primary likely will win the job in the November general election. Among those who have expressed interest in running is Chatham County Democratic Vice Chair Joe Steffen.