After serving the people of North Dakota for over 30 years in the Capital, Gov. Dalrymple has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2016.

In a press release today (8/24) Dalrymple stated that he and first lady Betsy want to spend more time with their family, which includes 5 grandchildren

It continues to be my great privilege to serve my state, service that includes 16 years as a state representative, 10 years as lieutenant governor and last five-plus years as governor. North Dakota has made incredible progress and I feel so blessed to have been part of leading our state, especially in the years since 2000, truly a golden period for North Dakota. I look forward to continuing to work hard for the people of our state over the next 16 months.

Gov. Dalrymple was sworn in as governor in 2010 after then Gov. Hoeven was elected to the US Senate. Dalrymple was re-elected in 2012 with over 63% of the statewide vote.

[h/t Bismarck Tribune]