Local State Senator Lindel Hume has decided not to run for another term in the Senate.

Hume will complete his 16th two-year term at the end of next year before planning to step down.

Hume will have served a total of 40 years in the Legislature when his current term is complete.

The 70-year old Democrat from Princeton was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1974, and was elected to the State Senate in 1982.

He announced his intention to step down Saturday evening during a dinner sponsored by the Pike County Democrats. Hume says he made up his mind some time ago but did not want to announce his plans until he was closer to the end of his last term.

Hume represents Senate District 48, which includes Bainbridge, Boone, Cass, Madison and Patoka townships in Dubois County and portions of Spencer, Pike, Warrick, Gibson and Knox counties.