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Wampler to step down from Senate

William C. Wampler Jr., a Republican senator who has represented Southwest Virginia since 1988, announced this morning that he will not seek reelection.

Wampler, 51, is  a member of the Finance,  Commerce and Labor, Rules and General Laws and Technology committee and served frequently as a budget conferee. His district includes the cities of Bristol and Norton and all or part of six far Southwest counties.

He is the son of a former U.S. Congressman.

WCYB-TV has a copy of his announcement and a link to an interview with him.