'Time to come home,' Bivins says in announcing retirement
State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) recently told Dixon radio station WIXN that will not seek a fourth term in November 2018.
"Simply put, it's time to come home," Bivins said in a press release.
Bivins made it clear that his decision had nothing to do with his health and he simply felt like he had served long enough. He also said he will complete his term, but his early announcement will give others the opportunity to announce their candidacies and campaign before the 2018 elections.
State Rep. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport) and Dixon Mayor Li Arellano have expressed interest in running for the 45th Senate District seat.
When his term ends in January 2019, Bivins will have served for nearly 11 years. He was appointed to the seat in March 2008, when Sen. Todd Sieben stepped down and became a lobbyist for the ethanol industry. During his time in office, Bivins served as minority whip from 2013 to 2014 and has been on numerous committees, including Executive Appointments (minority spokesperson), Financial Institutions (minority spokesperson) and Public Pensions and State Investments.
Prior to politics, Bivins served 32 years in law enforcement, including as sheriff of Lee County for 20 years before retiring in 2016.
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