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Report: Arizona lawmaker won't run for re-election in 2020

Posted at 4:28 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 19:28:06-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A conservative lawmaker who has played a leading role in deciding what criminal justice proposals advanced or died in the Arizona Legislature reportedly won't seek re-election in 2020.

The Arizona Republic reports that Republican Sen. Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert announced during a Thursday meeting of Legislative 12 Republicans that he plans to retire from the Legislature.

Farnsworth did not immediately respond Saturday to a request by The Associated Press for comment on the report.

Farnsworth is currently current chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and previously served as House Judiciary Committee chairman.

Farnsworth is a school-choice advocate who in 2018 sold his Benjamin Franklin charter schools in a deal that included having him continue to serve as a paid consultant to the chain.