Del. Bud Phillips, who represents a portion of southwest Virginia, will not run for reelection this year, according to several House leaders.
Phillips, a lawyer who has represented the counties of Dickenson, Russell and Wise and the city of Norton since 1990, had his district combined with that of Del. Joe Johnson (D-Washington) under the Republican-authored House redistricting plan, which is expected to be approved Monday.
Phillips declined to confirm the news, but said he would not be announcing any retirement news during the General Assembly’s redistricting special session.
“There’s always a time and place for everything,’’ he said. “I’m waiting to see what happens with the redistricting plans. There’s a lot of things in flux right now. We just have to wait and see. ...There’s always hope eternal.”
Meanwhile, Del. Jim Shuler (D-Montgomery) announced this weekend that he will from the House this year after 18 years.
“The past eighteen years have been a real joy and one of the highlights of my career, first as a practicing veterinarian and secondly as a member of state government,’’ he said in a statement. “Serving in the House has been an honor, a commitment of time and energy that I gladly gave. However, time marches on and it is time to pursue other dreams and adventures.”
Last month, Del. C. L. “Clay” Athey Jr. (R-Warren), who serves as chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, announced that he would not seek reelection.
Athey said he wants to spend more time with his wife, Stacey, and his 5-year-old twins. But his district was combined with that of neighboring Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester) in the redistricting process.