Del. C. L. “Clay” Athey Jr. (R-Warren), who serves as chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, announced today that he would not seek reelection to the House of Delegates in November.

Athey said he wants to spend more time with his wife, Stacey, and his twins, who will turn 5 next week.

“Since another term in Richmond would require me to be away from my children more than I am willing to endure, Stacey and I decided that standing for reelection at this time would not be in our family’s best interest,’’ he said in a statement. “To stand for reelection when I believe my children need my undivided attention would be contrary to the values I learned by example from my parents.”

Athey has represented a district that includes parts of Warren, Frederick and Fauquier counties since 2002. The GOP-led House is embarking on once-a-decade redistricting and his retirement could help Republicans consolidate power.

“Clay Athey not only is a principled, fair-minded and trusted leader but a person of the highest character who is genuinely committed to serving others,’’ House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) said. “That’s why I and so many more of our legislative colleagues will miss him in the House but certainly understand and respect his very personal decision.”