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(NewsDakota.com) – Longtime North Dakota senator Dave Nething of Jamestown is retiring after his term expires in December.

Nething made the announcement during a press conference at his home Thursday afternoon. He said it is with mixed emotions that he announced his intention to not seek re-election.

“The time has come for me and I leave with no regrets,” he said in a prepared statement. “I wish my successor the very best.”

Nething, a republican, has served as a North Dakota senator since 1966, and served as Majority Leader from 1974 to 1986.

He graduated from Pingree High School, Jamestown College, and UND Law School.

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