HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – State Sen. Pat Vance says she’ll retire at the end of her term next year.
Vance, a Republican who represents parts of Cumberland and York counties, was elected to the Senate in 2004. Before that, she was a representative in the state House for 14 years.
“I have very mixed feelings because I truly like what I do,” she said. “It’s been a fabulous job, but I just think its time.”
Vance told ABC 27 News she’s most proud of the people she’s helped, not necessarily the bills she helped pass.
“Mostly the people, innumerable people that we have helped quietly in our district office that cannot get through the morass, or older women whose spouses died and had no idea what to do or how to navigate the system.”
Vance, 79, will have served 38 years in elected office when she retires. A registered nurse, she was Cumberland County’s recorder of deeds for 12 years before joining the state Legislature.