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Posted at 2:46 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Longtime Alexandria state senator to retire at end of 2011

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

Sen. Patricia S. Ticer (D-Alexandria), a former mayor of Alexandria who has served in the state Senate since 1996, announced Thursday that she will retire from the Senate when her term ends this year.

Ticer, 76, chairs the Senate's agriculture, conservation and natural resources committee and is one of the Senate's most liberal members. She has a particular interest in environmental issues and has been a vocal proponent of Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

"I gave a lot of careful thought to this," she said in a farewell address on the floor of the Senate. "I've been in public life a long time, and I hope I haven't embarrassed anyone too badly. I want to stop now before I do."

In an emotional speech, she thanked her colleagues and told them that her views on the needs of the entire state have broadened during her years in the Senate and since the days she used to be stopped in the grocery store in Alexandria to talk about local issues there.

"It has been a privilege of a lifetime for me to know you and to have served with you in service to the state," she said.

Ticer had been signaling that she was unlikely to run again for her seat in November. Her district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax as well as Alexandria, is one of the state's most reliably left-leaning. The Democratic primary for her seat is likely to be hotly contested. Del. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka and Arlington School Board member Libby Garvey have all indicated that they plan to run for the seat.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 17, 2011; 2:46 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Ann F. Jennings issued the following statement regarding Senator Patricia Ticer’s (D-30th) announcement today that she is retiring from the Virginia General Assembly:

“Senator Ticer’s genuine interests in environmental issues and good public policy have made her a reliable friend of the Chesapeake Bay. Moreover, she is a kind and wonderful woman who over her many years of service to the Commonwealth has always welcomed CBF into her office to discuss water quality, land conservation, and the Bay. We will miss her leadership and her passionate, active support for restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.”

Posted by: ChuckEpes | February 17, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank god for that.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | February 17, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Some of these potential candidates, like Ebbin, might find a problem in state Sen. Toddy Puller's neighboring district getting pulled north out of Prince William County through redistricting and taking in portions of the now open 30th Dist. PWC can now sustain two entire state senate seats on its own rather than be split among four, only one of which is completely in the county.

Posted by: JTR555 | February 18, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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